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REBECCA MARSHALLSAY 

The Uni Bar is the place to be this Friday night, 21 August, as six of the hottest bands on campus compete for a place in the State Final of the 2015 National Campus Band Competition. The competing bands have been selected from two campus heats and represent the best the Gold Coast campus has to offer.

Currently celebrating its 25th year, the National Campus Band Competition is an annual event to find the most talented campus band in Australia. Previous winners have included Eskimo Joe, The Vasco Era and Jebediah. Griffith University Gold Coast band, The Orchard, won the event in 2013.

To represent a campus, each band must have at least one member enrolled at that campus. The line-up of bands competing to represent the Gold Coast campus at the next round of competition is diverse and there is something for everyone.

The Flame Fields are a rock group from Brisbane and the Gold Coast who channel classic rock into their new, original songs whilst Raw Deep delivers an alternative rock sound drawing inspiration from bands such as The Foo Fighters and The Delta Riggs.

Self-described as psychedelic ooze, Aralunar Beagle, claim they offer dream-like grooves that you can sleep, make-love and wake up to. Yes Sir Noceur also incorporate the psychedelic into their surf infused, rock music that aims to bridge genre gaps.

Drum and guitar duo, The Ruiins, deliver a unique fusion of rock and blues to stir your soul and transport you to a place of freedom. The line-up is rounded out with female hip-hop artist Jesswar. At just 19 years old, Jesswar is already receiving critical acclaim for her debut EP ‘Peachy’ from sources such as Triple J, Radio Monash and musicmag.com.au.

This is your chance to get behind your campus and to check out some of the best emerging local music around. Only one band will progress to the State Final where they will compete for a chance to perform at the National Campus Band Competition at the end of September. Who knows? We could have another national winner in our midst.

So who will take the campus title? Classic rock, fresh rap or psychedelic ooze? Make sure you head along to the Uni Bar this Friday from 7.00pm to find out . Entry is free – this is an 18+ event so make sure you bring your ID.

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