The Horsham District Live Music Alliance are once again inviting entries to the annual Horsham District Battle of the Bands Competition. As usual there will be three sections for original bands, covers bands, and acoustic/songwriting artists, but this year is a bit different as the originals heats and final will take place a month earlier, in September, and there will be a new venue, The Anchor Hotel in Market Square Horsham, for the originals heats on Sunday 9th, 16th and 23rd of September. The Grand Final will be held on the Carfax Bandstand on Saturday 29th September at the Carfax Bandstand or in The Drill Hall, Denne Road if bad weather. Later in the year there will be a Covers Final on Sunday 11th November and the Acoustic/Songwriter Final on 18th November both at The Holbrook Club, North Heath Lane Horsham.
The winners of the originals section will receive a cheque for £500, a day in a recording studio, two free rehearsals at QM Studios, free hire of the HDLMA PA for one gig, and their name inscribed on the coveted Graham Ansell Trophy. The runners up in the originals section will receive a cheque for £250 and two free rehearsals at QM Studios.The third placed act in the originals section will receive a cheque for £100 and one free rehearsal at QM Studios. The winners of the covers section will receive a cheque for £100 and free use of the HDLMA PA for one gig and one free rehearsal at QM Studios. The winners of the acoustic/songwriters section will receive £100. There is also a discretionary “Spirit of the Competition” award of £50 for the individual artist or musician who most impresses the HDLMA committee with their ability, talent, attitude, or performance.
Horsham District Battle of the Bands 2012 is jointly organised by Horsham District Live Music Alliance and Horsham District Council
ABOUT THE ALLIANCE
The HDLMA was set up in 1999 with the intention of promoting the enormous amount of un-heard talent within the local area and expanding the live music scene in general. Since that time, a Lottery grant has been secured which we have used to purchase a 2kW PASystem for use by members
This money has also been put towards enhancing the annual Battle of the Bands competition so that it includes better prizes, more bands and larger audiences
We also have a rehearsal facility which was built by us and we are working to develop into a fully-functional digital recording studio.Our website has become an important resource for the local live music scene, with the addition of a Community Forum. Here, members and non-members alike can share ideas, experiences and advice.