The event, held at East Maitland Bowling Club, was well attended by many young people from the Maitland area, but also branched out to include participants from Newcastle. We had a total of 15 different bands and soloists enter the competition based event, where they 'battled it out' amongst each other to win the awards of Judges Best Band, Judges Best Acoustic, and the much loved, People's Choice Award. At the end of the night, the bands that managed to take out these prizes were Newcastle band The Trio (Matt Bradford, Jules Rankin and Alexandra Riordan), Miss Autonomy (Liz O'Brien) and the Maitland band Vigil (Samuel Osmond, Jayke Kime, Luke Corey, Jake Lewis and Brandon Read).
The ACTiv8 Youth Team hosts this event as an outreach to all youth in the community. It is our hope that the young people who don't enter a Church to worship, or who have not experienced being part of a community before, may be able to attend our Battle of the Bands event, where they have a good time and find a place of belonging with their peers. It is so important that young people experience belonging and community in positive ways since it is these experiences that they will remember when they feel isolated, alone or disconnected. Music, which is a huge aspect of youth culture, is the medium through which this event tries to reach out to young people. This year, all present at the event seemed to thoroughly enjoy the night and each band was given full support and encouragement from the crowd, as well as from their fellow competitors.
The night was only a huge success for the ACTiv8 Youth Team thanks to the many helpers, sponsors and organisers who put in the 'hard yards' in the lead up to the event. In particular, we offer a huge thank you to our local sponsor the East Maitland Bowling Club, and we are very grateful for the expertise and experience that both Anne Maher and Sue O'Donohue brought to the event. We would also like to acknowledge the presence of the Life Teen youth who travelled up from Blackbutt North parish, and who contributed two band entries to the night, one of which was a winner (The Trio).
You can view a full gallery of photos taken on the night via a link to the Maitland Mercury.
Chisholm Pastoral Region Youth Ministry Coordinator