Students organise cross county Battle of the Bands

Forget the Brits! The Derbyshire Battle of the Bands is the music event the county is talking about.

Two Tupton Hall sixth form students doggedly organised the one night only charity event to raise cash for the Air Ambulance.

Patrick Coyne and Joe Hardy, both 18, spent months setting up the competition, from sourcing prizes to printing posters and distributing leaflets.

“It was very stressful” said Patrick, who is studying music at A Level. “But the event was better than we ever could have imagined.

“It is our last year, and we wanted to go out with a bang.”

The teens were raising money for the Air Ambulance who attended the scene of a crash that killed two of their classmates – Liam Chapman and Connor Short.

“It is a charity close to our hearts” added Patrick. “They don’t get any government funding, so we are trying to give them a helping hand.”

Five act from schools across the county turned out to the event, on March 4 to fight it out for prizes including instruments, donated by Real Time, cases from Hard Case and recording studio time.

Swanwick Hall sent soloist Paige Hall, Mill Hill School in Ripley was represented by Parasight, with Sundown Saturday appearing from Heritage High. From Lady Manners, Sons of Ra performed with Tupton Hall’s own Apsis completing the roster.

Helen Kirby, Tupton Hall’s head of music, said: “There was such a fantastic atmosphere. All of the acts were really sporting and supportive of each other.”

Judges Joe Cobb from Real Time and Pete Corbett from the Air Ambulance named Parasight winners, with second place going to Paige Seabridge and Apsis coming third.

Helen added: “It was a brilliant night. We are so proud of them for doing it, especially when they have their A Levels to think about.”

The event raised £500 for the Air Ambulance.