Safia Maher and Michael Hastie, of Activity Pack, perform at the Ballina Battle of the Bands, held as part of Youth Week celebrations.
Safia Maher and Michael Hastie, of Activity Pack, perform at the Ballina Battle of the Bands, held as part of Youth Week celebrations. Doug Eaton

Battle of the Bands rocks Ballina

BALLINA’S Battle of the Bands wrapped up on Sunday with a wealth of young artists plying their talents to an appreciative crowd.

Six bands battled it out, with local favourite Automatic Androids taking out the top prize at the Missingham Park amphitheatre.

Automatic Androids’ highly articulate and ambitious 14-year-old lead singer Ivan Constable steered the infectious four-piece – minus their keyboardist, who was away ‘finding himself’ – through their set. The band would use their prize of a professional recording session at SAE Studios in Byron Bay to further promote themselves, he said.

“We’ve got a large collection of originals and we already have two recorded songs on MySpace,” he said.

“We’ve also got a gig at CrankFest at Evans Head on April 24 and two gigs at the Ballina Bowling Club on May 22 and 29.”

Organiser Sam Tracy, youth project officer at the Ballina District Community Services Association, described the Youth Week event as a resounding success.

“It was a great example of young people showing the initiative to prepare and practice for the event and showcase their musical talents,” he said.

“Also, the unity shown between the different community groups, the police and the council to provide entertainment and an outlet for the kids’ creative expression was wonderful.”

Fellow organiser Rob Kenk agreed the event had attracted a high calibre of younglocal musical talent.

“Thanks must go to all the community organisations and local businesses that supported this event and hopefully we can do it again next year,” he said.



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