Published: 31/01/2013 11:57 - Updated: 31/01/2013 12:02

Bands urged to do battle

Competition organiser Fiona Jackson and Phoenix general manager Rob Howards.
Competition organiser Fiona Jackson and Phoenix general manager Rob Howards.

INVERNESS’S Phoenix Bar is aiming to resurrect its reputation as a live venue and help out Highland Hospice at the same time with a search for new talent.

The Academy Street pub is launching its own Battle of the Bands competition to find a new resident music act and using the competition to raise some funds for the Hospice.

"We are trying to get as many bands in as possible," competition organiser Fiona Jackson explained.

"It’s £20 for each of the bands to register and the winner of the competition will get half of the entry fee and Highland Hospice will get the rest and the door money."

The competition mixes work and personal life for Jackson. She works for Highland Hospice’s lottery arm, but her partner Daren Kimmit is the new co-landlord of the pub.

She plans to stage a registration day for bands and solo artists to register their interest on Saturday 16th February from 12pm to 7pm, but potential acts can also contact her direct on or via the pub.

"We are hoping to have a minimum of 16 bands, but ideally 32," she added.

"We were hoping to have maybe a couple of pop bands, a couple of rock bands and a couple of indie bands, so we could have a rock heat or an indie heat before the final.

"The winner will be offered a regular Saturday night slot at the Phoenix."

She also admits to having another reason for organising the event.

"I’m fed up of going to bars in town and not finding anything from my age group," she said.

The first heats in The Phoenix’s Battle of The Bands will take place in early March.

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