Horsham Battle of the Bands line-up confirmed

Organisers have unveiled the full line-up for Horsham Battle of the Bands competition as it returns to the Human Nature Garden in Horsham Park on July 23 and 24 to celebrate its 30th consecutive year.

Crowds at the event last year
Crowds at the event last year

Brought to you by Gold sponsors Woodstock IT, there will be a total of 19 acts competing over two days in three categories – Cover Acts, Original Bands (Saturday) and Acoustic Originals (Sunday), plus special guest headline performances from two of last year's winners Deine Mutter and Danny Dangerously.

Co-organiser, musician and event host Jamie 'Stan' Stanley said: ““As always, the event will be free entry with food outlets and a bar on site, plus circus entertainment and workshops for kids.

"The criteria for entering is that all acts must have members that either live or work in the district or they must've played a gig in the district in the last year. So they're all local bands. Beyond that we don't know much about them.

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    “But the standard is always very high.

    "Each band only gets 20 mins each, so from an audience perspective if someone's not your cup of tea, there will be something else along in no time.

    “It's always a great atmosphere. Audience reaction is one of the judging criteria. There's always singing along and dancing from the crowd at some point. And we have our circus performers and workshops on hand to keep the kids entertained and engaged.

    “We're pretty much back to our normal pre-Covid event plan, obviously with all the usual protocols in place, sanitising etc.

    "BotB is important because it gives a professional platform to performers of all ages and levels of experience.

    "Events like this are also priceless in terms of bringing people together and giving them something to smile about in these unsettled times. Plus it's free entry.”

    Schedule:

    Saturday, July :

    12:00 – Gates Open

    Cover acts

    13:00 – Evading Solaris

    13:30 – David Standing

    14:00 – Two Stroke

    14:30 – Sugar Honey

    15:00 – Timeless

    15:30 – results

    Original bands

    16:00 – Common Buzzards

    16:30 – Vektrill

    17:00 – Curious People

    17:30 – The Absolute Loves

    18:00 – Demure

    18:30 – Southbank Crows

    19:00 – Space Fishermen

    19:40 - results

    19:45 – special guest: Deine Mutter (2021 Cover Acts winner)

    Sunday, July :

    12:00 - GATES OPEN

    Acoustic originals

    13:00 – Molly McKenna

    13:30 – Zoe Zori

    14:00 – MCM

    14:30 – Michaela Sargeant

    15:00 – Liam Cranfield

    15:30 – 3times7

    16:00 – Downtown Roundabout

    16:30 – results

    16:45 – special guest: Danny Dangerously (2021 Acoustic Originals winner)