Bands battle it out at TAFE
TWELVE bands will compete in the Tweed Battle of the Bands on Friday when Kingscliff TAFE's automotive building is converted into a live music venue.
The battle, now in its fifth year, will showcase musical talent from the Tweed as far away as Brisbane as part of the YOUthFEST celebrations.
Tweed girl Eliza Klatt will perform her original music this year.
"I love going and meeting all the new bands," she said.
"You get connected with heaps of other musicians."
Eliza is keen to share in the $3500 in prizemoney.
Other local acts include "upbeat reggae" group HighTide from Uki, and Tweed Heads band Aralunar Beagle.
Out of Kingscliff, Flunks, Goodbye Gravity, Benny P and Subvert will also be competing.
From the Gold Coast, there will be Gloria Falling and In the Hands of Captors.
Brisbane pop-rock band Hollywood Heartache also have their eye on the top prize.
HighTide bassist Biku Wernick said Battle of the Bands gave local bands great exposure, and the chance to win some game-changing cash.
Aralunar Beagle keyboardist Liam Kirk said Friday would be their first battle together, and they were looking forward to it.
Sam Harrow member Jay Wilson said it was also their first major competition.
"We're hoping we can do really well. We're hoping to get more equipment so we can tour," he said.
YOUthFEST is a collaboration between Safer Communities Alliance, Tweed Shire Council, North Coast Institute of TAFE and National Youth Week.
All other YOUthFEST events are free, running at the TAFE campus from 12-4pm and including skateboarding demos, sumo wrestling, poetry slam, hip hop displays and food.
Local politicians have also been invited to take questions from young people.
Tweed Battle of the Bands will take place from 3-9pm. Entry is $10 at the door.