Aberdeen’s one-day music festival; The Big Beach Ball will host The Battle of the Bands final in the Tunnels on Friday the 18th of April.
After an overwhelming response of applications from all over Scotland, six finalists will be going head to head to battle it out for a slot at this year’s festival. Finalists Ladykiller Caterpillar, The Fire & I, Ricky Fraser, The Ruptured Ducklings, Shangri-La and Franklin will be competing this Friday in Tunnel two of the venue.
All members of the crowd will be given their chance to vote for their top three acts on Friday night alongside competition judges Steve Morris (Big Beach Ball Festival Director), Ross Calder (AGP), Kyle Reid (Aberdeen Now) and Scott Maskame (Shmeet Clubnight). The winner will be announced on Friday night once all bands have performed. The top act will then win a slot performing on the Peace and Jam stage alongside other Scottish acts including Arab Strap member; Malcolm Middleton, Lost Map Records label manager The Pictish Trail and Aberdeen based band The Marionettes.
Amanda Christie, The Big Beach Ball Festival Director said: “We’re really excited to be putting this on as an addition to the festival this year. It’s great to get local bands involved and give them a bigger platform to perform on and hopefully providing them with some more exposure.”
Doors for the competition will open at 7pm with an after party taking place in Tunnel One from 11pm with Glasgow promoters and Big Beach Ball act; Bigfoots Tea Party presenting Berlin based DJ and producer; Move D.
This weekend also sees the launch of the festivals Easter Egg Hunt. From the 18th to the 20th of April, ten eggs will be hidden throughout Aberdeen. Clues to where the eggs are will be posted on The Big Beach Ball Twitter and Facebook pages. Everyone who manages to track down one of the ten eggs will need to Tweet, Instagram or Facebook a photo of them and their prize to win a ticket to the festival on Sunday May the 4th. One person can win per egg.
The total ticket sales from last year are about to be beaten with 18 days to go! £45 tickets are still available to purchase online via the festival's website and in person at ii Music in Aberdeen, Grouchos in Dundee and Sound & Vision in Elgin.