Battle of Bands in Oamaru

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Oamaru youths who think they can dance or sing are encouraged to sign up for the Battle of the Bands on September 25.

The Battle of the Bands is a common competition around the country and Oamaru is getting in behind the occasion and holding its own.

The lucky winners of the Battle of the Bands will get to open for Christchurch band Moorhouse at Ote Fest, who were part of the first ever season of X Factor New Zealand.

Waitaki District Youth Council chairperson Jessie Waite said anyone aged 16-24 who enjoyed singing or dancing could try out.

“There is a lot of talent in Oamaru and we want to hold an event that showcases that, whether it be music or dance. It’s called the Battle of the Bands but we are inviting dance groups to enter as well.”

The competition is aimed at 16-24-year-olds because this is the age range the Ote Fest is targeting.

“We have had some entries but we encourage any musician, singer, band or dance group to enter. We don’t only need entries but we need the community to come and support these acts. There will be a ‘concert’ atmosphere at the event and we see this being a great night out,” Miss Waite said.

One Oamaru band that has confirmed its entry into Battle of the Bands is Kudos.

Manager Sara Martin said Kudos would be competing if the band was not named People’s Choice Winner of the Smokefree Rockquest.

“If we don’t make it to Auckland then we will definitely compete, as opening for Moorhouse still gives the band some exposure, which is what they are after.”

Battle of the Bands begins at 7pm at the Loan and Merc. Entry is $5.

By BRAYDEN LINDSAY

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OPPORTUNITY: The winners of Battle of the Bands will get to open for New Zealand Band Moorehouse (above) at Ote Fest.