‘BATTLE OF THE BANDS’ TO SHOWCASE OUTSTANDING LOCAL MUSICAL ACTS
After the grueling year the country has faced, a Ladies’ College-organized fundraiser seems a welcome advent into the festive season. The project, entitled ‘Battle of the Bands’, will feature the talents of six up-and-coming youth bands of schools ranging from Ananda College to Lyceum Wattala, attracting a crowd as diverse as it is enthusiastic. BOTB is scheduled to take place on the 29th of November 2019 (Friday) at the Air Force Grounds opposite Cinnamon Lakeside, and will showcase a variety of lively guest performances, including singing, dancing, and beatboxing acts, in addition to accommodating more than fifteen food stalls – from sushi to tacos, and crepes to kotthu.
The gates open at 5.00 p.m. with tickets priced at Rs. 700, presenting a plethora of carnival games targeted towards entertaining young children and their families – amongst the attractions will be a Ferris wheel, a fortune teller, a Rodeo Bull, and traditional carnival games such as a ring toss or balloon darts. The competition and the celebration to follow will begin at 6.30 p.m., catered towards a more adult audience, and enlists the support and direct participation of the audience by encouraging them to vote for their favourite band.The anticipation preceding BOTB arises because the project combines the best-loved features of already popular event structures – the sweaty exhilaration of open-air concerts; the fevered suspense behind heated competitions; the promise of tasting tantalizing new cuisines at international food festivals; and the child-like indulgence in carnival games at fun-fairs. All proceeds made will be donated towards improving the facilities of two underprivileged schools in rural areas – Naronavita Sumanasiri Maha Vidyalaya in Porogama (Galle District), and Therankandal G.T.M. School in Thunukkai (Mullaitivu District). BOTB is indebted to its platinum sponsor Sun FM and Hiru TV, co-sponsors Semage Glass and VSIS, and youth media sponsor Chokolaate.