Pupils' rock and pop talents shine at Rockfest Battle of the Bands

A brilliant night was had by all and a huge well done to all the bands that took part

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Chryston High School rock band 'Voltage' came out top at this year's Rockfest Battle of the Bands competition.

The group, which features Lauren Bradley on vocals and guitar, Fraser Cummings on bass and Ryan Bradley, who won best individual performance, on drums, covered the Biffy Clyro song 'Wolves of Winter' and also performed their own song 'Designed to Last'.

Following auditions, which took place in November 2017, ten top school bands earned the right to perform at this prestigious event:

  • Out Numbered - Brannock High
  • SITA - Calderhead High
  • Voltage - Chryston High
  • Dolce Vita - Coatbridge High
  • Euphoria - Cumbernauld Academy
  • The Villiments - St Aidan's High
  • The Drive - St Andrew's High
  • ANNA - St Margaret's High
  • Maybe Later - St Maurice's High
  • Exit Stage Right - Taylor High

All of the bands performed a cover song and their own composition. And the panel of judges, led by BBC's Vic Galloway, had a very difficult job in deciding which bands were to end up with the prizes. 

The winning school was Chryston HS and their prize was £500. St Aidan's HS 'The Villiments' were runners up and they received £200 with 3rd placed Taylor HS 'Exit Stage Right' winning £100.

There was also a Best Individual Performer prize of £100 which was awarded to Ryan Bradley of Chryston High for an amazing performance on drums.  

All of the prizes on the evening were gifted by Martec Engineering who were the main sponsor of the event. This is the second year in a row that Chryston High's band, Voltage have picked up first prize in this competition and also the second time that Ryan has picked up best performer award.

The bands revelled in the sound from the newly upgraded sound system in the Concert Hall and the capacity audience were treated to a great night of live music-making.

Most of the bands taking part consisted of mainly senior pupils. However, Brannock High's - Out Numbered - consisted mainly of pupils from S2/3 so, there's a lot of potential for the future. 

All pupils who took part loved the experience of playing on the big stage with a professional PA and Roadies to support them.  

Many commented that they had learned a lot from the process of writing, rehearsing and performing, as well as working with others and planning for their performance.  However, the main thing that came back from the performers was the confidence they had gained from performing to a capacity audience.  These are all great life-skills to take with them into the world of further education or work.

Jim Park, Principal Music Instructor with North Lanarkshire Council, said: "We'd like to thank Vic Galloway for making time in his busy schedule to present our Rockfest Battle of the Bands concert and to our sponsors Engie, Securus group, Reeltime Music, Youth Music Initiative and Creative Scotland.

"A brilliant night was had by all and a huge well done to all the bands that took part.

"We are already planning next year's event and we are looking forward to doing it all again on Tuesday 19th February 2019 back in Motherwell Concert Hall."

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