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Young Brisbane bands battle it out for top gong

20 April, 2015

Twenty-four of Brisbane’s best emerging musical talents have been chosen to battle it out in front of the city, as part of Council’s newest Youth Week event, ‘The QUBE Effect’.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the battle of the bands-style event was a new addition to Council’s Youth Week Calendar, which aimed to uncover the talents of the city’s youth.

“With help from our sponsors BMag and 4ZZZ, The QUBE Effect is an innovative way to celebrate the many skills our young people possess, and boost career opportunities for young performers,” Cr Quirk said.

“The final 24 bands selected to play at The QUBE Effect are an exciting bunch of up-and-coming musicians to suit a range of musical tastes from electronic through to soul searching folk.

“Last Saturday, twelve bands took centre stage and belted out their best tune to an electric crowd at South Bank Parklands.

“This weekend Brisbane will come alive again at Roma Street Parkland when 12 more bands go under the spotlight.”

Following each live performance, the competing band will be escorted to the nearby ‘Qube’ – an intimate square-shaped performance stage – to record their best song for online voting to compete for the People’s Choice Award.

“The public will decide the winners of the People’s Choice Award, Best New Talent, and Best Original Song, which will be rewarded with cash prizes of up to $4000, and the chance to play at some of the city’s biggest events,” he said.

“Residents will be able to view the recorded songs via Council’s website and cast their vote for their favourite band from Friday 1 May to Friday 22 May, with the winner to be announced in early June.”

“I encourage friends, family members as well as the music-loving public to support this new music event and bring a crowd to support our up-and-coming local bands.”

Shortlisted bands that played on 11 April at South Bank Parklands:
• Maja – Honest soul music inspired by Laura Marling and Fiona Apple
• Holly Terrens – Piano based pop with a dark prog twist
• Go Van Go – Gritty, loud and inspiring rock music
• Luna Sands – Psychedelic grunge fusion
• Youthfire – Dream-wave, 80s inspired electronic music with influences from James Blake to Radiohead
• MZAZA – Talented band inspired by Balkan music, singing in English and French
• Steele – Bluesy folk fuelled reggae band
• The Eagle Junction – Rock n roll band bringing back the spirit of the 1960s
• Bart Thrupp – One-man-band playing upbeat tunes
• Vandelay – Three-piece folk band with a chilled out vibe
• Quintessential Doll – Solo artist Steph Linsdell combines bell-like vocals with synths, strings and electronic beats
• Dream Girl – Infectious alt-pop band.

Shortlisted bands to play on 19 April at Roma Street Parklands:
• Glacier – An electronic trio combining brooding electronics and ethereal vocals
• The Brains Trust – Musical duo promising compelling soul music and banging beats
• LNJ Music – Up-and-coming African RnB/Soul duo
• Aislinn Sharp Trio – Pop inspired music with sprinklings of dance, RnB and Jazz
• The Golden Age of Ballooning – Lyrical driven folk with modern psychedelic and classic rock
• Mamachair – Local six-piece band influenced by gypsy swing, blues and jazz
• Lulu and The Cutthroats – Indie rock band
• The Rocket Sox – Six-piece dirty reggae group
• WALKEN – Two-piece alternative rock band
• Floyd Family Breakdown - A band with some country, a dash of Bluegrass and a swizzle of western swing
• Kodiak Empire – Five-piece alt-rock band
• O’Little Sister – Lyrical folk singer-songwriter.

The QUBE Effect continues from 11 am this Sunday at Roma Street Parkland.

For more information, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/youth or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.

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