Meet The Bands Contesting The 2017 Ipswich Battle Of The Bands Competition

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Although the third annual Ispwich Battle Of The Bands is still weeks away, the bands contesting the 2017 title are hard at work practising their guitar riffs, stage presence and rock & roll moves while dreaming of one day living the rockstar lifestyle.

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 Happiness

The 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.

Double Happiness
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'.


Empanic 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 Drive

Stark 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 Clark

Born 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 Fist

Straight out of Ipswich, by way of Arbroath, Scotland, Bazooka Fist deliver a pounding performance that is raw, energetic and fantastically noisy.

Opposite Ends

Opposite 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.

Opposite Ends
Opposite Ends

Amber In The Middle

Amber In The Middle are a four-piece alternative, hard rock band based in Brisbane and surrounding suburbs.

Amber In The Middle
Amber In The Middle

The band was formed late 2015.


Archetypes 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 Hysteria

An 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 Champions

Hard 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
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.

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