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All girl band Stop That Mammoth perform at the Theatre Royal in the local heat of Battle of the Bands 2017.

Calling all young musicians. Sign up to the Battle of the Bands by 1 August for the chance to play a gig at the Theatre Royal.

Wednesday 11 July 2018

Calling all musicians between 12 and 25 in Mount Alexander Shire. Registrations for the FReeZA Push Start Battle of the Bands are now open!

The Battle of the Bands is an annual music competition that gives young people around Victoria a chance to perform and gain exposure in a safe and supportive environment.

The competition is open to bands, soloists and duos in any style of music including acoustic acts, hip hop and electronic, performing originals or covers.

“We’re looking for some local talent to sign up to the Battle of the Bands this year,” said Jodie Hearn, Youth Activities Officer, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“The local heat is a great chance to play at the iconic Theatre Royal in Castlemaine, and share your music with friends,” she said.

“There are some fantastic prizes up for grabs, plus the chance to advance through to the regional finals, so get your entry in by the first of August.”

Winners from the nine regional finals then go onto compete in the grand final held as part of the annual St Kilda Festival in February.

Fifteen-year-old Uma Dingemans from six-piece band Stop That Mammoth said the Battle of the Bands was great experience. The local competition was the perfect platform to launch the all-girl band which came third in the local heat last year.

“We formed the band about a year ago just before the Battle of the Bands. We had played in a cover band at school together and the chance to play a gig at the Theatre Royal was a real drawcard for us,” said Uma.

“It opened up the opportunity to play our unique music in a safe space. We were really excited to win a prize and that performance led to another gig. It also reinforced in our minds that there was a real audience out there for our original music,” she said.

Since then Stop That Mammoth has gone from strength to strength with their mix of ska, pop and upbeat funky sounds.

“We have played a lot of gigs and have started recording. We’re hoping to break out and have an album out soon,” said Uma.

The local battle, organised by Council’s FReeZA Committee Eight Metre Speaker, will be held on Friday 24 August at the Theatre Royal.

To be eligible for entry artists must be between 12 and 25 years and live, work or recreate in Mount Alexander Shire. At least half of members in a band must be aged under 21 years.

Application forms can be collected and returned at the Theatre Royal, Castlemaine Library, Castlemaine Secondary College reception, the Civic Centre, and Mondo Lounge Youth Space on a Friday afternoon.

You can also download the form from What's On or request one via the Mount Alexander Shire Council Youth Facebook page @mountalexandershireyouth. Applications close Monday 1 August.

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

For more information including event accessibility and eligibility, contact Jodie Hearn, Youth Activities Officer, on 5471 1743 or email youth@mountalexander.vic.gov.au.

Photo: The chance to play at the Theatre Royal prompted all girl band Stop That Mammoth to sign up for the competition last year (Photo Denali Norris).

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