THE Tweed is about to get real noisy with this year's first Battle of the Bands set to take place next week.
"This is our 4th battle in three years and we also organise all ages gig nights throughout the year," Safer Community Alliance president Kristie Hedley said.
"Not only does the battle provide an opportunity for young musicians to get up and do their thing, it also provides a great safe night out for young Tweed residents.
"On top of that, provides work experience for Events and Hospitality students from local high schools through the Connect Northern Rivers work placement program."
Tweed Battle of the Bands is an annual all ages, drug and alcohol free, National Youth Week event.
It's organised by Safer Communities Alliance with the support of Tweed Shire Council.
Cudgen based band The Afex are more than ready to rock out next week.
The three piece band's guitarist and singer Jay Varudo, 17, said the band had only been together a short while but already had some great original tracks.
"We've got about seven," he said.
"I believe in the music and it's pretty good."
The Afex play 90s rock, grunge and alternative music. Think Nirvana.
The kids are lapping it up.
"A lot of kids do like it," Varudo
"We have fans that have come to shows and learnt the songs from our Facebook pages.
The Kingscliff High School student said it was a great opportunity for Tweed bands to showcase their stuff.
The first heat is Thursday, March 28 at the Cudgen Leagues club between 6pm to 11pm.
The second heat will be April 4, same time, same place but the final will be at Tweed Civic Centre on April 11.
Entry is $10 and the event is all ages.
The winning band will walk away with $2000, runners up with $1000 and band in third spot will receive $500.
Check out The Afex at their Facebook page facebook.com/TheAfex.