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Byron's Parkside Orchestra wins National Campus Band Comp

SOUNDS OF SUCCESS: Stephen Sewell (Jungle Studios director), Torsten Gustavsson (guitar/vocals), Freyja Hooper (drums), Scott Finch (bass) and Phan Sjarif (Jungle Studios studio manager) following Parkside Orchestra’s win in the final of the National Campus Band Competition in Sydney on Wednesday night.
SOUNDS OF SUCCESS: Stephen Sewell (Jungle Studios director), Torsten Gustavsson (guitar/vocals), Freyja Hooper (drums), Scott Finch (bass) and Phan Sjarif (Jungle Studios studio manager) following Parkside Orchestra’s win in the final of the National Campus Band Competition in Sydney on Wednesday night. Ron Finch

"STOKED, but exhausted."

That's how members of Byron Bay-based band Parkside Orchestra are feeling after winning the final of the National Campus Band Competition.

Bass player Scott Finch said it was an "awesome" experience, and one they were able to share with their families and friends who travelled to Sydney on Wednesday night for the show.

Previous winners of the competition include Eskimo Joe, The Vines, Jebediah, George, Grinspoon, Waikiki and Augie March

Southern Cross University line-ups have now won the national final five times. The Downstairs Mix Up won in 2009.

The Southern Cross University trio consists of Torsten Gustavsson (vocals and guitar), Scott Finch (bass) and Freyja Hooper (drums).

"It (the final) was so much fun," Scott said.

"We were only able to have one rehearsal before the final, because we're in the middle of our uni exams.

"We're in our third year. We're also helping out with some of the vocal exams.

"It's been hectic."

But despite having only one rehearsal before the final, Scott said the band had been "feeling comfortable".

"We've been playing together for a while now and we just went out there and smashed it," he said.

"We played a 20-minute set consisting of four songs."

The National Campus Band Competition is the largest live band competition in the southern hemisphere.

Each year up to 400 bands from more than 40 institutions participate.

Scott said Parkside Orchestra would now focus on writing more songs ahead of some time in the recording studio.

"We are diverse in our music ... it's indie rock, kind of guitar and drum music," he said.

"We'll be writing more - we've only started writing our own songs recently.

"We're also lined up to play at the Mullum Music Festival and the Bangalow music festival, so we're looking forward to that."



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