With a rain filled day forecast, all the hopes were that there would be some bright spells for the first ever ‘Battle of the Bands’ at Mount Pleasant Stadium.
This was not to be.
The rain came.
However this did not dampen the spirits of the organisers, nor the people who turned up to see their favourite band.
The first band of the day was Mell’s Bells who began with some splendid AC/DC renditions. Intros and thanks were provided by the formidable double act of Miller & Mooney (John Miller & Andrew Fletcher)
People began to trickle into the event.
And the rain trickled some more.
Following bands gave some excellent performances with a variety of styles, compositions and delivery. Mazikeen, Dirty Twister, Starsky & Bubblehouse all had very professional acts with some fine music now filling the whole of Batley with sound.
The next band was brought in at the last minute and was a talented young group called No Fears.
By now the crowd were in good spirits, all fed & watered by the excellent catering and bar facilities provided by the club.
The music revellers (under a bright array of brollies) then welcomed on stage Avarice, The GT’s, Ya Ya’s, and the Bribes, all of who maintained the fantastic quality of previous bands.
The final act of the night was The Finlays, who wowed the ‘fest goers with some lively tracks before walking off with the Best Band Title, following voting which had gone on throughout the day.
The only disappointment for the day (apart from the rain, which I believe kept many more music fans away) was that we were let down by the children’s entertainment who didn’t turn up, and the BISSA committee wishes to apologise for that.
However, all in all, the day was a huge success and many people gave us lots of positive feedback.
Thanks must go to many people, firstly the crowds of music lovers who attended. Also the bands themselves with their roadies & managers. The sound and lighting men, catering and bar staff all secured the events success. The supporters club supplied manpower and entrepreneurially sold brollies, so thanks for that! Last but by no means least, a big thank you to the BISSA committee members and Directors for the organisation. (Their long suffering partners also deserve specific thanks for both helping and supporting the cause).
Hopefully this was the start of what could become an annual event. So to all you rockers, who missed it, watch this space!
CD’s of the event are still available at the bargain price of £3.00. They contain one track of each of the Bands and are available only from BISSA