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Wakefield's Battle of the Bands coming to the LS-Live studios

LS-Live will be hosting the second annual Battle of the Bands event in the studio in July when young musicians from schools and colleges across Wakefield will compete for a taste of stardom. It's a joint initiative by us, West Yorkshire Police and renowned industry training centre BACKSTAGE ACADEMY®.

The bands will get to perform in front of a live audience on staging usually occupied by the likes of Lady Gaga, Kasabian and Tinie Tempah. Each school band will perform an original piece of music about crime, anti-social behaviour, homelessness or drugs.


A judging panel, which will include a music teacher from each school and a member of the West Yorkshire Police, will vote for the best school band and best college band via a ‘top five’ voting system. The bands will be competing for the prize trophy, a tour of the LS-Live rehearsal studios, a session in its professional band rehearsal room and one of the company’s stage hire packages for the school.


Sergeant Alan Studd from Pontefract and Knottingley NPT said: "This is our second annual Battle of the Bands event and we have had an excellent response from schools who are drawn both to the nature of the competition and to the venue itself.


"This is about bringing our communities together and identifying young role models who are not afraid to speak out about the issues which impact negatively upon communities."


Said LS-Live General Manager Ben Brooks: “The majority of our work involves providing a tour rehearsal space, bespoke stage sets and staging equipment for internationally renowned artists and events, but it’s also important for us to support up and coming talent in the local community.


“Hopefully we can inspire young musicians and students to come and work in the industry both on stage and in the exciting world of backstage production.”


BACKSTAGE ACADEMY® students, who are studying the Foundation Degree in Live Events Production (validated by The University of Bolton), will be planning and executing the staging, lighting and audio for the stage show. The event will also be sponsored by Community Funding and YDSS.


Said Sergeant Alan Studd: "Each of our bands will be treated like stars on the day. The event will be recorded on camera and every participant will receive a commemorative medal.


"The feedback after last year’s event was incredible. The competition had the 'wow factor' and I expect that this year’s event will have the same impact."


Bands aged 11-16 years old at high school and those aged 16-18 years at college or sixth form in Wakefield are invited to enter the competition by 20th June by applying through their music teacher.


Tickets for the live finale are available from the Pontefract Helpdesk, participating schools and on the door on the day. Prices are £2 for adults and £1 for children.


The event takes place from around 12pm-6pm on Sunday July 15th at the LS-Live rehearsal studio at Langthwaite Business Park in South Kirkby, West Yorkshire. Visit: for more info, or join the Facebook Event Battle of the Bands on LS-Live’s Facebook Page.