Young musicians in battle for success


BUDDING rock’n’roll stars took to the stage last weekend to show off their musical talents.

The annual Battle of the Bands event was held at LS-Live in South Kirkby on Sunday.

Hundreds of music fans attended to watch their favourite local bands perform in the same spot as many famous faces, such as Lady Gaga, Kylie Minogue and Robbie Williams.

St Wilfrids Catholic School’s band Mongoose in the Pumphouse won best performance, and were awarded a trophy by Wakefield Wildcats rugby player Dale Morton.

The band - made up of Alex Smith, Danny Armitage, Max Lee Fowkes, Alex Rothwell and Joe Green performed Hysteria by Muse and their own song Addiction.

Horbury High School’s band Uneven Symmetry won best original song.

The contest was organised by Pontefract and Knottingley Neighbourhood Policing Team to give youngsters something positive to work towards and keep them off the streets.

Inspector Geoff Carter said “It was an excellent day which was enjoyed by all who participated and watched.

“I am hopeful this will become an annual event, driving youth engagement across the whole district.

“I would also like to say the Minsthorpe College group No New Reason, who I had met previously were brilliant, their enthusiasm was second to none, a real credit to the South East.”

Each band performed two songs – one a cover version and one original piece - themed towards anti-social behaviour, crime, drugs, or bullying.

The event raised £1,300 for Yorkshire Cancer Research and the Alzheimer’s Society.

The Mayor of Wakefield, Councillor Elaine Blezard attended and Jude Abbott, of Chumbawamba, were on the judging panel.

Coun Blezard said: “This event is a fantastic way to highlight important messages to young people.

“I am pleased that many schools across the district are taking part and learning about important social issues such as anti-social behaviour and crime.

“It is also a great opportunity for them to be creative and have some fun at the same time.”