This much loved local competition brings together the best in new and established local talent. Over the years the competition has for many been their first opportunity to play an outdoor show with professional sound.
Mark Daly, former chairman of the Horsham District Live Music Alliance (HDLMA) and QM Studios Trustee said: “The question everybody asks is: “Did anyone famous come out of the BOTB competition?” My reply is always: “That’s not what BOTB is about, it’s about giving the local community of artists the experience of playing at a professional live event and having a whole lot of fun while doing it.””
The event has been running since 1993, The one night event was originally held at Roffey Sports and Social Club and featured six bands, the inaugural winners were “Decadent Dance”, featuring Stuart Brand who is still a leading light of the local music scene. The event became bigger over the years and entered its heyday when in 1999 local sound engineer Graham Ansell and Trevor Beadle from Horsham District Council had the idea of forming the HDLMA.
Battle of the Bands then featured heats at the Extra Time Bar, Broadbridge Heath and an autumn final on the Carfax Bandstand. It became so popular it was decided to move the heats to the Drill Hall in Horsham. From 2004 to 2007 the originals competition featured six heats of six bands at the Drill Hall followed by a final at the Carfax. There was also a covers final at the Drill Hall and an acoustic final at The Holbrook Club. Up to 500 fans at a time packed the Drill Hall for the heats and over a thousand would turn up for the final in the Carfax. The Alliance and the competition suffered a major blow when Graham Ansell sadly died of cancer in 2007. However with Mandy Ansell taking over the running of the Studio, BOTB continued to be held by the HDLMA.
In 2013 the event became a one night originals final at the Drill Hall and acoustic final at the Holbrook Club. It was then that the HDLMA decided to call time on the competition, but rather than let the event die, a group of local musicians and promoters formed a sub-committee to keep it going, moving the final to the Human Nature Garden in the summer, with cover bands on a Saturday afternoon, originals in the evening, and acoustics on Sunday afternoon. From 2014 to 2017 the event was still largely underwritten by the income from QM Studios.
As the trustees of the HDLMA have moved to focus on the fantastic work of QM Studios resulting in the HDLMA being wound up and a focus on the studios, Jamie Stanley (Horsham Rocks) and Sam Albrow (High Gain Event Services) with the support of friends and colleagues are keen to ensure the event continues to be a success giving local musicians at all stages of their musical journey a platform to showcase their talent.
Like any successful event that continues to grow, Battle of the Bands relies on local support to make it happen and cover the cost of everything from prizes and staging to toilets and security. Much of this comes from ticket sales, bar and food concessions. However to make the event a real success we are also looking for sponsors for this years event, with longer term opportunities also available.
We are inviting local local businesses and individuals to be part of Battle of the Bands 2018 as a sponsor with the following packages available (Website link: http://www.horshambotb.co.uk/sponsor-botb18.html ):
Friend of BOTB – £30 for the year
As a friend of BOTB you will be supporting us in launching the event and one of our key supporters. As a friend of the event you will get inclusive entry to the heats and the grand final yourself. We’ll also make sure we throw in some extra ticket discounts you can share with your family and friends.
·Inclusive entry to the heats and the grand final
·Your first drink on us at the grand final
·Exclusive discount codes for tickets for your friends
Register as a friend of Battle of the Bands at www.horshambotb.co.uk
Bronze Sponsor £250
·2 VIP Tickets to the grand final and guestlist entry to the heats
·Company name / logo on our website, event programme and supporters banner at the side of stage and mention of support on social media.
Silver Sponsor £750
·All the benefits of bronze sponsorship plus:
·Logo on all event marketing posters / flyers
·Mention in at least one press release, blog post
·Tagged on a minimum of 5 social media posts
·Limited to 4 sponsors at this level
·Channel exclusivity for your type of business
·Opportunity to have a 3m x 3m pitch at the event or similar activation
Gold Sponsor £1500
·All the benefits of silver sponsorship plus:
·Sole sponsor at this level
·On stage banner and presentation of winners trophy by your company.
·Prominent logo and name on print and digital media
·Mentioned and tagged in all social media posts and press coverage
·Brand activation / pitch at the event
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01403 888005 to discuss sponsorship.
Horsham Battle of the Bands festival weekend takes place in The Human Nature Garden, Horsham Park 18th – 19th August 2018. Heats for the oringinals competition will take place at Horsham Sports Club, Cricketfield Road on the 27th July and 10th August. For more information please visit www.horshambotb.co.uk or call 01403888005.