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The Rock-itt : August 2010
Manly Marvels Band Competition at the Manly Fisho's Grand Final, Tuesday July 20, 2010 Manly Marvels band competition hosted by A Red Letter Day Event Management saw the much awaited exciting conclusion of what has been an amazingly successful event. Over the past three months it has showcased musical talent of all ages/abilities with an enormous number of up and coming bands competing. On top of that it has been a whole lot of fun for everyone who either participated or come to see the competition, now isn't that what it's all about! A big congratulations to everyone who participated and those who were involved with putting on this event and also a very special thanks to the Manly Fisho's, Sound/Light Engineer Kevin Meaney, and crew Kevin Mullooly and Mark Forrest. The Grand Final was hotly contested by seven bands who were Mending Melissa, Kickstone, SideShow Alley, Is It Her, Snaketide, Birds of a Feather and Seek the Silence which again was independently judged (previously judged by a crowd vote) and the bands were judged on musicianship, song composition and crowd reaction. The night went as followed: Mending Melissa rocked it out hard and played with precision and energy and being first up was always going to be a challenge that they met by delivering a captivating performance; Kickstone a tight three piece band delivered their brand of good ole aussie rock with a dash of AC/DC and a big drum solo that got the crowd cheering; Sideshow Alley who were a last minute entry found themselves playing with a fill in bass guitarist who really rocked things up for them and took their brand of alternate rock to a whole new level; Is It Her took the opportunity to test new material brandishing a tough Matt Finish meets the Police sound combining jangling guitar melodies with big fat guitar riffs; Snaketide showed us they meant business by delivering a hard action packed rock assault with lots of interweaving guitar riffs and showmanship by their frontman that left us gasping for more! ; Birds of a Feather gave us their style of dynamic punk/fuzz fused with screaming and melodic vocals with lots of stage energy and finally Seek the Silence powered hard and fast with lots of stage action with their guest sax player adding to the dynamics, who after a big year already are now taking a well deserved break. The results for the night were 1st -- Mending Melissa, 2nd -- Is It Her, and 3rd -- Snaketide. Managing Director of A Red Letter Day Event Management Denny Burgess was on hand to make the award presentations. If you dont know Denny Burgess he is a singer/bass player from successful 60's bands that include The Throb, Masters Apprentices, and The For photos of events covered by Dave visit www.myspace.com/davetozerphotos