As one of the official media partners since the inaugural competition in 2015, Scenestr has been a proud and active supporter of Ispwich Battle Of The Bands quest to unearth SE QLD's next Amy Shark.
From rock, punk and metal to acoustic, alt. country, singer-songwriter, electronic and hip hop, all genres of music are welcome. Now it's time to briefly meet some of the 2017 IBOTB contestants. It's time to fly our pretties.
The Double HappinessThe Double Happiness are two couples from Brisbane. Formed after some impromptu dancing at an Ups and Downs show at the Spiegeltent in 2015 the band have created a niche for those in love with both 'Twin Peaks' and 1960s TV sitcoms.
The Double Happiness
Drawing on influences and favourites including Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood, Stereolab, The Go Betweens and Sonic Youth to name a few, their original set is a blend of city and country, surf and sand, Brisbane and 'Bewitched'.
EmpanicEmpanic are a four-piece alternative-rock group from Brisbane. Their music is a product of years spent learning and experimenting. More recently, artists such as Muse, Karnivool, Royal Blood, Radiohead and Art Of Sleeping have influenced their songwriting.
While their three-minute numbers hit hard, the band’s powerful ten-minute epics command audiences pay attention. The band are currently working towards a single release to follow up last year's debut EP, 'Drive'.
Stark DriveStark Drive are a four-piece band of brothers aged 13 to 21 from Toowoomba who play a mix of pop punk and alt-rock with a tasty synth flavour.
Matthew ClarkBorn in Redcliffe, Queensland, Matthew Clark is a folk singer-songwriter. Currently travelling around Australia as a full-time stage performer/ busker, by the age of 15 he was already writing his own music and lyrics. "I do what I can trying to make an unforgettable impact wherever I go, so I travel, busk and do gigs on my own budget," Matthew says.
Bazooka FistStraight out of Ipswich, by way of Arbroath, Scotland, Bazooka Fist deliver a pounding performance that is raw, energetic and fantastically noisy.
Opposite EndsOpposite Ends are ready to rock your socks off as a four-piece alternative country music band. Influences include Tim Mcgraw, Kenny Rogers, Johnny Cash, Garth Brooks, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Dallas Smith, Dolly Parton, Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert and Allan Jackson.
Amber In The MiddleAmber In The Middle are a four-piece alternative, hard rock band based in Brisbane and surrounding suburbs.
Amber In The Middle
The band was formed late 2015.
ArchetypesArchetypes are an alternative, progressive rock band from Brisbane. Their music is a melting pot of vastly different individual influences. The guys have recently released their debut nine-track album 'Monument' and have big plans both locally and interstate for 2017.
Weekend HysteriaAn upcoming Brisbane-based live band aimed at fulfilling those more classic themes of hard and punk rock & roll. Simply said, they like music so they make it.
Hard Luck ChampionsHard Luck Champions are a three-piece pop-punk band from the Ipswich and southern Brisbane area. With tongue-in-cheek lyrics and a forever-young attitude they're well known for their fast riffs and catchy hooks.
Hard Luck Champions
Growing up in high school during the '90s with a healthy dose of punk music has well equipped each band member to have the training required to take on the majesty that is pop punk.
The 3rd annual Ipswich City Square Battle Of The Bands takes place 1 July 11am-6pm at Ipswich City Square.