Battle of Bands is coming to downtown Kamloops

The contest, 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.

A battle waged with sound waves will take place in downtown Kamloops on Wednesday, May 18, with one winning group taking home a trophy and a $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 5-7 p.m.

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

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

Mike Miltimore of Lee’s Music said he expected an exciting showdown from local bands.

“Before the 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. So there’s a lot of pent up energy just waiting to be released and I’m super excited about it.

Miltimore said the event felt a bit like a return to its roots, reminiscent of the annual Battle of the Bands events held in the 1990s in Kamloops.

Some equipment will be set up for competitors including a drum set, bass amp, two guitar amps and the PA system. Otherwise, the bands will provide their own equipment.

Each group (minimum three members) will perform two original songs, totaling no more than eight minutes.

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

David H. Henry