G59ers Crowned Champions of Inaugural When Bands Collide!
The first ever When Bands Collide, presented by Coffin Mew, took place at Brighton’s The Haunt last night (09 February) with G59ers, the house band of OST Energy, emerging victorious.
The winners were presented with the When Bands Collide trophy by event compere Guy Lloyd of Juice 107.2. They also scooped £1,000 for their chosen charity, Renewable World, an international organisation committed to bringing clean, safe and renewable energy to people in developing nations.
The 5-piece band were last to perform, but showed no signs of nerves as they whipped the audience into a frenzy with an eight-song set including Hendrix and Led Zeppelin covers alongside an original track called ‘Black Lion Street’.
With an illustrious judging panel including Phil and Scott from acclaimed band British Sea Power, former MTV Dance presenter and owner of Bird Studios, Mia Bird, The Argus’s resident reviewer Phil Noble, and Radio Reverb’s Ben Noble, the bands were out to impress.
G59ers scored a total of 99 out of a possible 125 from the judges – a full nine points ahead of their nearest rivals Crunch, representing Crunch Accounting.
Audience engagement played a large part in the G59ers win, with chants of ‘G59ERS’ ringing out across The Haunt during their set and, at one point, a plucky crowd-surfer travelling over the audience.
Despite being the inaugural When Bands Collide, the event pulled in a crowd of more than 200 music lovers, raising over £2,000 to benefit the bands’ chosen charities.
The winning band were awarded 50% of funds raised, with the remaining £1,000 split between the night’s four other bands and their chosen causes – Crunch and The Starr Trust, Kreston Reeves’ Keep On Rockin’ and Sussex Emmaus, Von Bonasus from Ricardo and their charity Cancer Research, and hosts of the night Coffin Mew’s band Clover and The Martlets.
Relishing the win, Jenna Holder, keyboard player for the G59ers commented:
The amount of support we had tonight was phenomenal – we cannot thank the audience enough. During sound check, we could see that the other bands in the competition were of the highest calibre and we knew we’d have to do something special to stand out. We are astounded to have won!
Bandmate Ben Rider added:
It was a huge privilege to play this event and to perform on stage at The Haunt. I am absolutely blown away that we have won.
The event was the brainchild of Coffin Mew’s John Parkinson, drummer in the firm’s band Clover.
What a turnout and what an event! I am thrilled that the business community of Brighton has got behind When Bands Collide so heartily. We have raised more than £2,000 for a range of excellent causes – not bad for a Thursday night!
When Bands Collide is all about giving Brighton’s weekend rock stars a chance to step out of the boardroom and into the spotlight. With the talent we’ve uncovered tonight and the money that’s been raised, I can’t wait to host a bigger and better contest next year!