'Battle of the Bands champions talent'By Lewis Rudd
May 05, 2010
Bracknell band Kraken have been crowned champions of the 2010 Battle of the Bands competition and great credit must go to the group.
I feel the competition has championed one thing – talent – and great abundances of it too.
Okay, so the five-person panel was almost unanimous on its result, but the real judges on the night – if not the whole competition – are those hardcore teenagers who have parted with their pocket money to show their support to the unsigned scene.
I can’t speak for the other four judges but I found the whole experience both daunting, but extremely refreshing, most notably because we had to pick just one winner.
But that is what we were asked to do and we went (or should that be tried to go) about our task professionally.
I say I found it hard because each finalist, if not participant, deserved a slice of the winning prize, whether it be for originality, the way they behaved on stage or how they got involved with the crowd.
But each group who took to the stage, both in the opening rounds and final, in my opinion, were all winners because of their hard work and determination, and because their performances were superb to say the least.
With more hard work and a bit of luck each act could perhaps go on and win what they would probably consider the biggest prize of them all – a recording contract.