Lions War drummer Lachlan Walker belts out the beat yesterday.
Lions War drummer Lachlan Walker belts out the beat yesterday.

Bands too hot to handle

THE Battle of the Bands event held at Hinkler Central was too hot to handle as the steamy weather kept many youngsters from attending yesterday.

Playing to a near empty temporary outdoor venue on the roof-top car park of the Bundaberg shopping centre, one of the four finalists, Lions War, rocked out a few metal-hardcore tunes.

Guitarist Brody Steinhardt said while the turn-out could have been better; he still had a good time.

But it was Arcade Maid that took out the top gong for the day, with Lions War placing second, Soothsayer third and fourth place went to Insufficient Funds.

Arcade Maid guitarist and singer Harry Ward said it was a “really good” feeling to know the crowd was behind the band.

“There was a variety of ages there as well, it wasn’t just kids,” he said.

The band has been working on more original covers since being named as a Triple J Unearthed High finalist last year and Mr Ward said he hoped to focus more on music when he finishes high school next year.

The event was the sixth held by Youth Services Bundaberg and the first at Hinkler Central.

Community liaison officer Viki Hannah said the four finalists were chosen from 21 bands that sent CDs of their music into Youth Services staff members, who then chose the finalists.

She said the usual crowd size had been cut to a third because of the hot weekend.

But Mrs Hannah said she was extremely happy with the venue because it was organised, with good security.

“We’ll be happy to have it here for April next year,” she said.

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