Mr Speaker and the People Party are through to the grand final of a national band competition.
Mr Speaker and the People Party are through to the grand final of a national band competition.

Mr Speaker hip hops into final

SOUTHERN Cross University hip hop band Mr Speaker and the People Party have proven they're the best band New South Wales universities have to offer.

The NSW finalists in the National Campus Band Competition said they were stoked to have taken out the title and were keen for the next and grand final stage in Adelaide.

Frontman Clive Best, aka Mr Speaker, said after winning the final at the Lismore campus they flew to Newcastle to compete just four days later.

He said his lyrical raps and band's on stage performance wowed judges and spectators even though one of the four competing Newcastle bands had a strong following of fans who refused to party down with Mr Speaker and the People Party.

The seven judges voted unanimously to send the Mr Speaker and the People Party to South Australia.

"We punched out a pretty good show and we're a good bunch of dudes," he said.

"The judges loved it."

What the judges did not know was the band had only practised their introduction, which incorporated a lot of dance, just three hours prior to the show.

"The guys are just so busy but we got it down and obviously it worked," he said.

"We really smashed it.

"But we've tightened it up now of course."

Mr Speaker said he believed the band was "a little bit next level" and made sure they actually performed, not just played like many bands do.

"It's always been a part of me to perform and I love this music, it's been a real trip so far," he said.

So far the band has received a $1500 recording and consultation package.

The grand prize is $1000 cash, five days recording at Chapel Lane Entertainment, five days accommodation at The Manse (Chapel Lane) and each finalist band will receive a YouTube ready clip of their finals performance.

Mr Speaker and the People Party will perform in the grand final of the National Campus Band Competition in Adelaide on September 28.



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