The huge stage, bright lights, smoke machines and mighty PA system in Redhill’s Harlequin Theatre, all once again added to the unique ambience of Reigate College’s annual ‘Battle of the Bands’ on 21st March.
Ten College bands went head-to-head in a show oozing magnificent musical talent.
- Tragic Love Company opened the show with their rock act and soon got the crowd clapping along.
- Lazy Hands enthralled with the singers’ silky smooth folky vocals.
- Heavy Set Bones created a lot of noise for a duo by using distortion on bass to fill their mix.
- Gemini played a brave set with no songs; it was a voyage of guitar solo discovery featuring Lewis Wooltorton.
- Stone Cold Foxes showed their versatility by swapping instruments for every song. Their most successful songs were when Fenella Saunders took to the drums and Tom Fox sang.
- Fugitive gave the crowd some variety by breaking up the guitar bands with some rap. They’ve been recording as a band all year but this was their first gig so it was good to see them perform live out of the studio.
- Fat Guy, Little Coat gave the crowd some pop sensibility with the charismatic Rhiannon John on lead vocals.
- To The Stage impressed with their new singer and had the crowd captivated. Playing all original songs, this band had a memorable, unified goth punk look.
- DJW got the crowd dancing with a heady set of banging electronica and was the judges’ favourite, and received a hefty crowd cheer of 105dB.
- Conscious Club performed their set of jazzy pop and took the trophy away with the winning crowd cheer of 108dB. This was the third year in a row that Luke Phillips on saxophone had been in a winning band so maybe if you need a sax player, you know who to ask!