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Maya Pearson wins Battle of the Bands

Maya Pearson

Congratulations to Maya Pearson, winner of the local heat for 2017 Battle of the Bands.

Monday 7 August 2017

Singer and keyboardist Maya Pearson has taken out the local heat of Battle of the Bands at last Friday’s event in Castlemaine.

Nearly 500 people turned up to the Theatre Royal to see eight young local acts battle it out, with 19-year-old Ms Pearson from Harcourt winning a cash prize of $500 and entry into the regional finals.

“Maya is not only incredibly talented, she also has a fantastic stage presence,” said Jodie Hearn, Youth Activities Officer, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“We are really excited to see her compete in the Battle of the Bands regional finals, with the chance of progressing and playing at the St Kilda Festival in February,” said Ms Hearn.

Castlemaine solo artist Lilly Betts took out second place and $200 prize money, with band Stop that Mammoth! in third place with $100 prize money.

“We had such a diverse and supportive audience – from young babies to grandparents – and everyone had a great time,” said Ms Hearn.

“The headline act The Seduceaphones had everyone up and dancing,” she said.

The Castlemaine FReeZa Committee – Eight Metre Speaker – organised the event.

The committee thank event sponsors Theatre Royal and Record Low along with FReeZa Push Start, Council’s Youth Development Team, Daniel Rogers, Lifon Henderson and the judges – Declan Kennedy, Tara Flynn and Drew Thorpe.

FReeZA is a Victorian Government funded program that supports music and cultural events run by and for young people aged 12-25 years. All events are drug and alcohol free.

Image caption: Maya Pearson performs at the Battle of the Bands (photo: Denali Norsen).

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