Horsham’s Battle of the Bands begins this week

Horsham's Battle of the Bands
Horsham's Battle of the Bands

Heats for Horsham’s Battle of the Bands begin this week with dozens of local musicians competing for a place in the grand final.

More than thirty bands are registered to take part in this year’s event and entries for the Acoustic category are still open.

Cover heats start on July 5 in the Malt Shovel pub in Horsham from 3pm, with the second heat on July 12.

Heats for the Originals category will be on July 18 in the Human Nature Garden, Horsham Park from 6pm, followed by the second heat on July 25.

Acoustic performers have until July 15 to register and all entrants will proceed directly to the final.

Industry professionals will be judging the grand final held in the Human Nature Garden over two days.

Covers and Originals finalists will perform on Saturday August 8, with Acoustic artists competing on Sunday August 9. A licensed bar and food stalls will be available on both days with a children’s circus workshop on the Saturday.

Jamie Stanley, who helped organise the festival, is pleased with the number of entries. He said:“Last year was a great start, this year is even bigger.”

He added: “We are running an online poll on the Battle of the Bands website where people can listen to and vote for their favourite act.”

In the event of a tie-break, the online votes could also decide the overall winner.

Prizes include rehearsal time in QM studios, a music video, a photo-shoot and an official iTunes release of the song or cash, depending on category.

Horsham’s Battle of the Bands, now organised by a subcommittee of Horsham District Live Music Alliance, has been running for over twenty years.

A revamp of the competition in 2014 attracted a great response from new bands and drew big crowds, banishing uncertainty over the event’s future.

Jamie said: “I think it’s hugely important to many people, particularly those who remember the glory days of the competition.

“It’s something that definitely deserves to be kept going and brought up to date in order to continue to give a platform to up and coming local bands and artists. As with last year, the finals (and this year’s originals heats) will be taking place in the Human Nature Garden in Horsham Park.

“It’s a great under-used outdoor venue, it worked really well last year.”

He added: “It’s a lot work undertaken by unpaid volunteers. But we have a great team of people working on it, all bringing different essential elements to the table. Unless fate whisks me off somewhere else between now and then, I certainly intend to be involved next year.”

Tickets for the heats are not being pre-sold. More information and updates can be found at www.horshambotb.co.uk and on Twitter @HorshamBOTB.