Bands battle at North Coast National
FRIDAY night's final of the Battle of the Bands at the North Coast National is set to unleash a host of local talent, with a variety of musical styles on show from rock, to punk rock, to folk.
The Battle of the Bands is a great opportunity for emerging bands to perform in front of larger crowds, with audience numbers at the Lismore finals expected to be in excess of 5000.
Stewart Hume, bass player with Lismore band Tanamera, said he and his band mates were looking forward to getting in front of the crowds.
“We've been playing together since April, so this has all happened really quickly,” Hume said.
“We've had a really great response so far. We're a progressive rock band, we're not too hard core.
“Our songs blend metal with more progressive rock. We're pretty melodic, so you can sing along.”
Another band vying for the top spot is punk rock group Thundergod of the Multiverse. This will be their first competition gig and singer/guitarist Leon Blythe said North Coast National crowds can expect a 'crazy show'.
Another finalist, solo act Janine Anderton, offers a change of pace.
“My genre of music has been described as soulful, poetic, honest, folk and mellow country/pop,” the Ballina singer said.
Originally from WA, Ms Anderton, a naturopath by day, has lived on the Northern Rivers for seven years, and now calls East Ballina home.
Ms Anderton is no stranger to the stage, having previously performed with Diana Anaid at Sing It Up Sista and at previous North Coast Nationals.
The acts are competing for prizes including airfares, VIP tickets to Western Australia's Southbound festival, gig tickets and studio time to record the winning tracks.
The bands will perform on the community stage from 8.45pm on Friday.