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Battle of Bands coming to downtown Kamloops

The competition, sponsored by Kamloops Kia, will take place in the 200-block of Victoria Street on May 18, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
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A battle fought with sound waves will be waged in downtown Kamloops on Wednesday (May 18), with a winning band taking home a trophy and $1,000 gift card.

The Battle of the Bands competition, sponsored by Kamloops Kia, will take place in the 200-block of Victoria Street from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The audience vote and a panel of three community judges will decide who advances in each round.

The winning band will receive a $1,000 gift card to Lee’s Music, along with a trophy. The winning group will also receive a radio-ready recording from local studio Smash Happy Music.

Mike Miltimore of Lee’s Music said he is expecting an exciting showdown of local bands.

“Pre-pandemic, you always had little areas to play and all your friends would show up,” he said.

“But during the pandemic, we lost a lot of that. So there’s a lot of pent-up energy just waiting to be unleashed and I’m super excited about it.”

Miltimore said the event feels a bit like returning to his roots, recalling annual battle of the bands events held in the 1990s in Kamloops.

Some equipment will be set up for competitors to use, including a drum kit, bass amp, two guitar amps and the sound system. Otherwise, bands will supply their own equipment.

Each band (minimum three members) will play two original songs, together totalling no more than eight minutes.

For more information on the event, go online to downtownkamloops.com.