The Jersey Music Association Under-18s Battle of the Bands competition happened on the 26th of July at The Watersplash. The event welcomed bands aged 14-18 to compete for the opportunity to have free photography, videography, and rehearsing space as part of a 'youth band starter kit' in addition to the chance to win and have 2 tracks recorded and produced for free.
The JMA aimed to use the familiar BOTB structure to encourage the formation and development of young bands on the island whilst facilitating a platform for performance and self-expression. 7 bands competed: TAB, Clueless, Out of the Shadows, jims house, Something, Jeans on the Floor, and The Nike Tix. RampArts were also present at the event, providing a tote bag customisation station and graffiti board activity for audience and band members to take part in. There was an overwhelming show of support for the initiative and the bands themselves.
BEST INTRUMENTALITY “Rock God” Island Music
– Matt Jackson from jims house
BEST VOCALS “Velvet Vocals” The Royal Yacht
– Ellie-Mai Martin from The Nike Tix, with special mention to Lille Mae Lumb from Out of the Shadows
OVERALL WINNERS – jims house
Photography credits are:
Professional Photography – Marcus Alfonso
Competition Photography – Barney De La Cloche