Bands wowed the audience and judges with their inspired cover versions and original tracks at the latest Battle of the Bands competition. Sixth Formers and contestants, Jack O’Hea and Lenny Rush, describe this year’s high-energy event. It’s Monday 12th October and there’s not an empty seat to beseen in the Performing Arts Centre…
Battle of the Bands, one of the year’s major musical events, showcased a range of the best musicians the School has to offer, bringing in a flood of new performers to keep the music scene alive and kicking at Worth. Battle of the Bands 2015 featured seven bands, all competing for the top spot, playing a variety of music, ranging from The Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Green Day, to Radiohead, The Black Keys and a handful of originals.
The night kicked off around 7pm, with the band called The Illiterate Anarchists and the Xmen Days of Future Past playing Californication, paving the floor with paper dollar bills as they played, and with particular commitment from hype man and cow bell player Jack who craftily spent the evening disguised as a suited cow.
The night was full of frenzied excitement with the judges given a very tough job to decide on the overall winner. Before the winning band was announced, there were a couple of individual awards for outstanding performances. Best instrumentalist went to Alvaro and best vocalist was won by Jonas (both in Year 10), two members of The FOUReigners, the youngest band in the competition.
Finally and in true X Factor style, the top three bands were called to the stage in preparation for the long-awaited announcement. They were The FOUReigners, Babel, and Flavoured Gold. The tension was unbearable until finally the crowd exploded into a deafening roar when Babel were announced as winners and took to the stage for one final victory performance. Band members Jack O’Hea, Lenny Rush, Cameron Pring, Will O’Hea and Jake Defriend had produced a winning programme which comprised Shut up and Dance by Walk the Moon, Paranoid Android by Radiohead, and Gold on the Ceiling by The Black Keys.
Congratulations to all the performers and a big thanks to staff and students behind the scenes including teacher of Music Technology, Mr Mike Matthews and theatre technician, Mr Giovanni Manno, who made such a fantastic event possible.
We raised in the region of £2,000 for the musicians’ chosen charity, The Compassionate Friends, in memory of a much loved friend to many, Oscar Jefferies.
A short review of the Battle of the Bands 2015 event also appears in the Winter 2015 edition of Insight magazine.