Kids Hub Battle of Bands contest to find opening act for upcoming concert

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Bands have until Monday to get their entries in for the Battle of the Bands competition being held in September.
‘ It’s good for the community and our local bands to get experience. ‘
— Gore Playcentre co-president Emma Poole
The competition, which is being organised by the Gore Kids Hub, is a first for Gore. Gore Kids Hub committee member and copresident of the Gore Playcentre Emma Poole said the competition was organised to find an opening band for the Gore Kids Hub’s Home Straight Concert. Home Straight will feature Tami Neilson, Avalanche City and The Feelers and is being held in Waimumu on November 26. Miss Poole said it would be good having a local band open the concert. ‘‘It’s good for the community and our local bands to get experience,’’ Miss Poole said. The Battle of the Bands competition is a fundraiser for the Gore Play Hub. Each band will play three songs on the night before the competition is whittled down to two bands, which will battle it out for first place. Miss Poole said ideally the competition would attract up to eight bands. The winning band will receive $2000 cash and open the Home Straight Concert, while the runner-up will receive $1000. No backing tracks were allowed and there was no entry fee, Miss Poole said. The contest is age-restricted and bands can have only one member under the age of
18. ‘‘[Bands] can have one band member under the age of 18 but they have to be accompanied by a legal guardian,’’ she said. Battle of the Bands judges will be musician Kayla Martin, of Riversdale, and Gore radio host Robert ‘‘Caveman’’ McKenzie. Radio host and musician Liv McBride, of Invercargill, has expressed an interest in acting as host. The Battle of the Bands will be held on Saturday, September 3, at the Longford Function Centre in Oxford St, Gore.