IN TUNE: Pottsville drummer and vocalist Marlon McDonald will compete in the Tweed Battle of the Bands next month.
IN TUNE: Pottsville drummer and vocalist Marlon McDonald will compete in the Tweed Battle of the Bands next month. Liana Turner

Battle of bands to showcase youth talent

POTTSVILLE man Marlon McDonald has had plenty of experience playing drums in bands over the years.

But he hasn’t drummed whilst singing in front of a crowd until now.

The young musician has high hopes he will impress the judges at this year’s Tweed Battle of the Bands, despite never entering the competition before, even with previous bands.

“I’m excited,” McDonald said. “I’m a bit nervous, but in a good way.

“It’s going to be good to get back out there and play.”

McDonald will compete in the first heat, which will take place on April 10 at ‘The Lake’, Cabarita.

A second heat will be held in Murwillumbah the following night, before the final is staged at Kingscliff on April 22.

McDonald said he was thrilled to be able to perform at a gig where under-18s could enjoy live music.

Entries are still open for young musicians from the Tweed and neighbouring shires to showcase their talents.

The competition forms part of the Tweed Shire’s National Youth Week celebrations and is a great chance to network with music industry professionals.

Jenny Unwin, one of the event’s organisers, was looking forward to the event, which will hold heats in different towns for the first time and coincides with school holidays.

“We're looking forward to nurturing new and emerging artists and discovering more of the amazing musical talent this region is known for,” Ms Unwin said.

Buskers By the Creek director Cindy Jensen will offer constructive criticism to all performers in the heats.

Extensive mentoring and performance opportunities will be offered to the winners.

For more info follow Tweed Battle of the Bands on Facebook or contact Kristie on 0419 223 830.

HEAT ONE: 2-7pm Sunday, April 10, The Lake, Cabarita

HEAT TWO: 6-10pm Monday, April 11, Murwillumbah High School

FINAL: 6-10pm Friday, April 22, Kingscliff TAFE Auto building

TICKETS: $10 at the door



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