Centenary’s Battle of the Bands heats start this weekend

Barcham 5 September 2013

Canberra’s biggest and worst named battle of the bands festival “Smells Like Centenary Spirit” is kicking off this Saturday at Belconnen Arts Centre.

Festival names that are both dated and miss the point thematically of the original name they’re referencing aside, this is a pretty cool thing and I hope it finds life past the centenary year.

Centenary of Canberra Creative Director Robyn Archer says Smells Like Centenary Spirit will see 20 acts from the ACT region perform over three weekends, with a range of prizes up for grabs.

“It’s great to see Canberra young bands getting into the spirit of the Centenary celebrations,” Robyn said.

“Canberra has an amazing independent contemporary music scene, and in many cases this is where it starts. It’ll be a great gig.”

The heats are:

• Heat one: 7 September @ Belconnen Arts Centre (6-10pm).
Novia Scotia – The Ians – Harley Quinn – Mind the Gap – Anachel – The Recliners – Beneath the Surface.

• Heat two: 20 September @ Tuggeranong Community and Function Centre (6-10pm).
Pleased to Jive You – No Assumption – The Knows – Reptile Park – Salad Bomb – Finding Eve.

• Heat three: 27 September @ CIT Music Industry Centre, Woden (6-10pm)
The Steptones – Venom Inside – Fires in July – Re-Image – The Institute – Strange Tourist – Behind the Silhouettes.

Eight finalists plus the LIFT OFF Festival band competition ‘wildcard’ winner will compete in the final on Friday, 15 November at the Royal Theatre, National Convention Centre. The winner will receive prizes including:

• The Youth Live Artist of 2013 award to be presented at the MAMAs awards night on Saturday, 23 November 2013, at Albert Hall.

• The chance to perform at the national all-ages festivals Groovin the Moo 2014 and Bastardfest 2014 (dependent on the band’s genre) (dates – TBC).

• Personal introductions to contemporary music industry figures including publishers, labels, managers, booking agents and more.

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