Stuart saves Battle of the Bands at the HexagonBy Jenny Minard
January 20, 2010
Music producer Stuart Epps has swooped in to save the day in a charity Battle of the Bands contest, after judge Martin Rushent had to pull out of the event.
Reading Rock Academy announced at the weekend that Martin could no longer take part due to work commitments, but luckily Stuart has stepped in to take on the challenge of judging the county wide contest.
The event, which takes place at The Hexagon in Reading on Saturday, will see eight bands from all over Berkshire competing to win £5,000 for their school and have one of their songs recorded at a professional studio.
Stuart Epps, who has worked with legends such as Elton John and Chris Rea, is also bringing in his own act, new rising star Kendal Sant, to entertain the audience while the judges deliberate over their final decision.
“It would have been great to see Martin there,” says, organiser Pete Doyle. “We hope to get him involved in the Rock Academy in the future. He is trying to get there for the show – he just has to miss the start.
“It’s great to have Stuart on board with his experience of working with the stars.”
The bands taking part in the event are Ataraxy and Dispoze from Denefield School in Tilehurst, Courtesy of my Thinking from The Oratory School in Woodcote, Fortune Favors the Fallen from Kennet School in Thatcham, Bless the Hour and Retrograde Grade from Brighton Hill School in Basingstoke, Rewritten from Amery Hill School in Alton and Yellow Fever from Matthew Arnold School in Staines.
Reading Rock Academy Battle of the Bands, The Hexagon, Saturday from 7.30pm. For tickets, which cost £5, call (0118) 960 6060 or log on to www.readingarts.com.