BY YOMBI KEP
Twelve bands are going to be battling it out at the Battle of the Bands final showdown to be held in Port Moresby this coming Saturday at the Sir John Guise Stadium.
It’s going to be an extravaganza.
The bands Aquafire, Bad Apples, De Arc Sounds, H-16, Last Option Band (L.O.B), M Bloods, Mixera, M Joviels, Pearl of East, Scruffy Beats, Vibe Kings and Young Vibes will go head to head to take away the highest prize money of K10 000.
Backed by few sponsors Pascoe Promotions and Pidgin Productions who are the major promoters alongside Trophy Haus, Digicel, Pop Mie, Colour Boys and Mahana Multimedia founder of the competition Arjun Gyani said that 2019 Battle of the Bands has been a level up on last year and has been done with very few sponsors who have graciously backed over 300 musicians who have taken part in the event.
“The level of competition has gone up tremendously, which was evident in the Top 20 Elimination or our semifinal,” explained Arjun. “We had to invite two bands via Wild Card entries because they finished less than five points outside the Top ten.”
He added that with B-Rad mentoring these amazing underground artists, the kind of music that people will hear at the Grand Final is going to be amazing.
The judging panel includes PNG Music Legend Buruka Tau, Lead singer of Covenant Creed Dylan Mallar and some of the best musicians around – Richard Masi and B-rad.
There are eight main criteria in judging that will be used and they are Punctuality, Appearance, Technical Precision, Vocals, Stage Presence, X-Factor, and Crowd Puller.
“Any of the bands can win that top prize and you can hear their original songs.”
The winning band will be walking away with K10 000 while the runner up will get K5 000 and the second runner up will get K2 500.
Meanwhile Sorong Samarai will be the guest act during the event with Hon Governor of Oro Gary Juffa advocating for free West Papua and magician Jay Jay Kelson alongside PNG’s first superhero Paitim Mahn and the Watete Comedy Troop.
Tickets to the event are selling at K10 and interested persons can buy at Vision City.
The POM City Markets will be hosted as well same time at Sir John Guise Stadium so patrons can get some shopping therapy along with some amazing food at the music extravaganza.