This week the Haygrove School hall had its lights turned down and volume turned up to celebrate the annual Haygrove Battle of the Bands contest.
Ten bands featuring students from all year groups took part in the concert, each adding their own unique twist to a classic track from the recent past. First on stage were Blue Storm who performed ‘Never Let You Down’ by Rita Ora. Year 7 band Cosmo then took to the stage to perform ‘7 Nation Army’ by The White Stripes. Next up was last years winners New Q who performed ‘You Give Love a Bad Name’ by Bon Jovi. The next seven bands then had their time to shine before the tense 20-minute interval where each performance was judged by a panel of experts: Craig Barnett (local musician and music teacher), Simon Newton (local musician and vocal coach), Josh Perkins (Sedgemoor FM presenter) and Senior Assistant Headteacher Leanne Mills. They had the challenging task of deciding which band would win each of the seven awards!
The judges were then welcomed on to the stage to announce the winners in each category. Best Band Image went to Jalapeno Poppers who performed ‘Dani California’ and Blue Storm took the trophy for Audience Participation. The year 7/8/9 winners were New Q who were also praised for their matching band t-shirts! Best Stage Presence was awarded to Blue Smoke for their rendition of ‘Somebody Told Me’ and Band with Most Potential was awarded to Lunacy who performed ‘Green Light’. Year 11 student Mason Riddle from Jalapeno Poppers was rewarded with a trophy for his brilliant solo drum performances.
But the biggest and most prestigious accolade of the night – Best Band 2020 – was awarded to the amazingly confident and talented Year 10 band The Elements of Music whose rendition of ‘Since You've Been Gone’ caught both the judges and the audience’s imagination, especially with the knee slide down the middle of the school hall.
Congratulations to everyone who took part and a huge thank you to all the staff and helpers involved in making this, yet again, one of the best nights in the Haygrove School calendar!