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Horsham Battle of the Bands defies the 2020 odds!

Against all 2020 odds, the 28th annual Horsham Battle of the Bands will now take place on 19th and 20th September at premier Horsham live music venue The REC Rooms .

The venue has recently converted what used to be the site of the old laser quest under the bowling alley into a fully kitted out, much larger second room, complete with state of the art sound and lighting – perfect for safe, seated, socially distanced live music events.

BOTB committee chairman and veteran of the competition Mark Daly said:

 To be honest, at times it looked like Horsham BOTB wouldn’t happen this year. Major professional events had been pushed back into 2021 so what were our chances? Fortunately, our sponsors Woodstock IT stood by us and thanks to The REC Rooms we have a fully compliant Covid-19 secure venue. The bands are keen to put on a show and we’re really looking forward to continuing the nearly 30 year unbroken Horsham BOTB legacy in 2020.”

BotB committee secretary and event compère Jamie ‘Stan’ Stanley said:

 This year’s BotB heats and finals were originally due to take place in July with a full compliment of bands – until Covid-19 stopped play… We really didn’t want to let the bands and local live scene down by postponing until next year, so since the easing of restrictions we’ve been trying to figure out how to stage it safely before the end of summer. We lost a few bands along the way, mainly due to lack of rehearsal time and space, and our usual outdoor venues proved to be less than cost effective post-Covid. But happily, The Rec Rooms plan to expand their operation and re-open in September provided us with the perfect opportunity. We’ve had to dispense with heats, which is a shame, but we’ve got just enough acts for a stand alone final in each of the three categories and, at last, a perfect home for them. So – the show must go on!”

In line with previous years, each final will be followed by special guest performances from last year’s winners. The schedule is as follows:

COVER ACTS COMPETITION (19th Sept)
12:00 – DOORS OPEN
13:00 – Stone Cold Sober
13:40 – Lease of Life
14:20 – Fat White Dukes
15:00 – The 19 Naughties
15:40 – SPECIAL GUEST: Alter Ego (2019 winner)
16:30 – RESULTS
ORIGINALS BANDS COMPETITION (19th Sept)
17:00 – Adalia
17:40 – The Doomsville 3
18:20 – Leibniz
19:00 – Artaca
19:40 – Kosta D and the Fortune Tellers
20:20 – Soho Dukes
21:00 – SPECIAL GUEST: Machina (2019 winner)
21:50 – RESULTS
ACOUSTIC ORIGINALS COMPETITION (20th Sept)
13:00 – DOORS OPEN
14:00 – The Lord Lucans
14:40 – Anneka Shelley
15:20 – The Strum Loving Criminal
16:00 – Tony Whiting
16:40 – Danny Dangerously
17:20 – Rebecca French
18:00 – Nick T Band
18:40 – SPECIAL GUEST 1: Liam Carter (joint 2019 winner)
19:30 – RESULTS
19:40 – SPECIAL GUEST 2: The Golgis (joint 2019 winner)
The Cover Acts winners will receive £250 cash. The Original Bands and Acoustic Originals winners will each receive an Audiobeach Studios single recording package, a single release with AWAL and a photoshoot with Chilledvondub-Photographic.

PLEASE NOTE – Due to Covid-19 guidelines, and to help with track and trace, tables MUST be booked in advance. Tickets work out at between £2 and £3 per head (per session) and are available here: https://www.tickettailor.com/all-tickets/sussexeventtickets . Face masks must be worn at the bar and when moving around the venue but can be removed once sat at your table. All attendees are required to remain in their booked bubbles throughout the shows.

See website for more details: www.horshambotb.co.uk

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