Bands prepare for battle

SHETLAND Young Promoters Group’s annual Battle of the Bands event is taking place tonight (24 March) in Lerwick.

The alcohol-free gig, which is being held at the Legion, will feature a number of rising acts like Sidewinder, Krab and Waste.

The acts will vie to impress judges Amanda Pearson, Lisa Ward, Joanne Tait and Lewis Hall in an effort to win the grand prize of recording time at Mareel.


The event is hosted in conjunction with Shetland Arts​ and council’s youth services team and it gives youngsters the chance to gain vital experience in performing and organising concerts.

Shetland Young Promoters Group’s Eamonn Watt, who will be debuting his new project One Man Disco Band at the show, said the audience should expect an action-packed night.

“The Battle of the Bands gigs have always been a terrific place for budding musicians who want to start performing music of any genre to a live and listening audience, and experienced musicians who want to try something completely different and new,” he said.

“It helps promote confidence within each of the musical acts and inspires them to keep on playing music. They also inspire the audience by entertaining them with such excellently crafted music.

“Expect a very wide range of musical talent being showcased tonight from traditional to heavy metal, from hard rock to disco. This night will surely have it all.”

The event kicks off at 7.30pm and entry is £5 on the door.