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Whitsunday’s Young Stars Battle It Out

North Queensland Battle of the Young Bands kicked off for the first-time last Sunday afternoon. The young talent performed a variety of fantastic songs to battle it out for the first prize; a whopping $1000 and the opportunity to perform a gig at Northerlies Beach Bar and Grill.
The winners of the day were Gleezus, who were also the winners from the last Whitsundays Got Talent. Organiser and coordinator Paula Hovey, mentioned how great the talent was at the weekend and that the first place was a “close call”, with old time favourite Category 5 as runners up, and the fantastic MyEnvy coming third.
Prizes were also given to second and third place, with second place getting $500 and third place, $100 along with a Whitsundays Got Talent engraved water bottle. All other non-placed musicians were given a voucher for Bridget Peel Fine Art, to have their own signature piece made.
The Battle of the Young Bands also hosted a raffle. The raffle winner was Bec Murlon, who went home with a $200 in-house voucher and a ticket to the 3-day Airlie Beach Festival of Music.
A total of seven bands performed, and Paula exclaimed how all the talent was “amazing,” and even included five bands from Music Evolution productions. Paula re-emphasised how the competition was “really hard to judge”.
Paula continued, saying that after the success of the first show, she expects next year to be even “bigger and better”, and encourages all to participate.
Other bands who performed in the battle were, The Microns, The Krusaders, THE TROUBLE MAKERS, Amnesya and Category 5.
The battle will run annually and is open to all young people aged 5-21 years.
If you think you or your band is Whitsunday’s next star and want to enquire about Whitsunday’s Got Talent events, please email:

North Queensland Battle of the Young Bands winners Gleezus. Photo supplied

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