College Triumphs at the Battle of the Bands

Posted on Tuesday 26 February 2013

'Midnight Circus' wins inter-college Battle of the Bands

'Midnight Circus', a band made up of members of The Sixth Form College Farnborough, has triumphed at an inter-college Battle of the Bands organised by the College's Student Association (SA). Earlier in the year the SA came up with the idea of running a Battle of the Bands competition where bands from four local Colleges would compete against each other. Alton College, Godalming College and Queen Mary College (QMC) in Basingstoke agreed to take part and the final was planned to take place at the West End Centre in Aldershot, a venue that has hosted many well known bands over the years. Three bands from the College competed in a semi-final round in the Prospect Theatre, with Midnight Circus just narrowly beating two other excellent acts to claim their place in the final.

The event also aimed to raise money for and awareness of, a charity and the SA selected Action Aid and their youth campaign 'Bo***cks to Poverty'. Half the money from ticket sales was donated to the charity along with all of the money from the sales of tickets for the semi-final at the College.

The final at the West End Centre saw Midnight Circus take on 'Sam Darby', a band from Godalming College, with Alton and QMC unfortunately pulling out of the competition at short notice. The Kalebs, a band led by the College's SA President Kiran Eyre, stepped in as a warm-up act before the main bands took to the stage in front of appreciative audience of students from both colleges, friends and family members. The bands were judged by a panel led by Barney Jeavons of the West End Centre, assisted by representatives from Farnborough, Godalming and Alton Colleges. Both bands put in superb performances, showcasing their impressive talents in both performing and song-writing. The judges then deliberated for ten minutes in an attempt to choose between the two brilliant acts. They eventually took to the stage to outline their impressions of the strengths and weaknesses of the two bands before declaring Midnight Circus, from The Sixth Form College Farnborough, as the winner, as a result of their high energy performance and skilful playing.

The event, which was led by Ollie Cole, Charities Officer and Indeera Shankla, Performing Arts Officer, was a great success and indicated the potential for future collaboration between our students and those at other Colleges. Andy Linton, Lead Tutor for Student Liaison was impressed with the SA's work in bringing the event together: "It is great to see our students coming up with an idea for an event involving several colleges and a public venue, and then seeing that through to completion by hosting an excellent event that showed the amazing talents of our students and was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone who attended."

The Kalebs led by SA President Kiran Eyre

The Kalebs led by SA President Kiran Eyre

The winning band Midnight Circus performing

The winning band Midnight Circus performing

Barney Jeavons from the West End Centre announcing the winner

Barney Jeavons from the West End Centre announcing the winner

Winning band Midnight Circus

Winning band Midnight Circus