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Band Challenge a Boost for Original Music Scene

Band Challenge a Boost for Original Music Scene

What: The Castle's Bundy Band Challenge
Where: The Castle Tavern
When: Wednesday July 18, 2001

THE local original music scene has been given a boost through the success of The Castle's Bundy Band Challenge. Original bands from Newcastle and Sydney have taken part in the competition, which has been held at The Castle since it first kicked off on February 28.

The competition was organised by Jake Denny and Roly de With to give local musicians a chance to be heard.

'It's a new concept and a totally different idea for The Castle,' Mr Denny said.

'We have had really good bands come through and had great reports and feedback from them.'

The grand final of the five-month competition will be held tonight and feature five of the best original bands in Newcastle.

Battling it out for a chance to win the grand prize are Lemington Road, Strength to Strength, The Good, Schlauncher and Eleven Eleven. 'We want to make the night a pretty good night in terms of local music,' Mr Denny said.

The competition has been a major success and attracted healthy crowds each week.

'It's been going really good,' Mr Denny said.

'We've gone back to our grass roots to make a focus on original music.

'We want to showcase local talent in the best possible way and have local live music rather than covers bands.'

The competition has also given original bands the chance to play gigs at the club each Saturday night .

The winner of tonight's show will receive $5000 cash, a new electric guitar and bass guitar and a CD recorded, mixed and masOVER 18 PTs

tered by Mark Tinson at Impromptu Studios.

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