Throughout the years, the Young Peoples calendar has reflected the millennial attention span. We swap out new activities for old as often and unpredictably as the ever changing weather forecast in Melbourne. Increasingly remarkable is the events that stick around year after year, rain, hail or shine. You can count on semi-regular sports nights, you can count on at least one fancy dress party and every year you can count on the Battle of the Bands.
It was loud, raucous, finely tuned and enthusiastically brought. Five dollars at the door gave you a night catered with snacks and drinks and our own Cold Rock extravaganza ice-cream servery, not to mention the unparalleled entertainment. Truly, you won’t see this stuff anywhere else. This year, they came in droves, overflowing with all their joyful noises. Not bands, per se, but plenty of artists and a refreshing outburst of young hot talent. Soloists and their guitars seemed to feature alongside crowd favourites Van Gray and Lauren McKenna and her merry tribe of interchanging bands. And not to be slighted for even a moment are the teams Ignite and Power. The team songs were impressively original, rollicking and occasionally rapped. Its not easy to rally a team of youths and inspire them to take to the stage with jubilation and soulful abandon, yet, every year the team leaders manage to pull it off and for that they ought to be applauded.
Huge congratulations to all the performers for making the night what it was. It’s a scary thing to cast your doubts and fears aside and open your mouth and sing, or play guitar, or clarinet or electric cello, yet the night relies on the bravery and ego of our young people and we were lucky to see the onslaught of talent we saw this year.
A very big thank you is extended to all who made the night possible and kept the cogs turning. To those on the coffee machine, pouring drinks, mashing up ice-cream, taking money at the door, mixing front of house, setting up the stage and to every task and person in between, thank you. And thank you of course to our formidable Youngies leaders Alex and Axel for emceeing the night and bringing the whole thing together. Where would we have been without all your puns, Alex? Best not to wonder.
Thanks again to all, see you next year!
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