September 17, 2011
Loeries 2011 EMI Music Battle of the Bands: The Privates International Band takes the crown!
Mercury Live once again hosted the annual Loerie Awards 2011 EMI Music Battle of the Bands competition last night. Three surprise bands – Easy Tiger (Johannesburg), The Privates International Band (Johannesburg and Real Bits of Panther (Cape Town) – battled it out on stage for a recording contract, with a digital release for the recorded single to the value of R40 000. All photos by Ingrid Sinclair.
The winning band was The Privates International Band. On top of their recording contract, each band member will also receive 25 CDs of their choice from the EMI catalogue.
5FM DJ Catherine was the MC. She represented EMI Music on the judging panel, along with revered house DJ Kevin Grenfell and Net#Work BBDO Executive Creative Director Rob McLennan.
Easy Tiger from Johannesburg opened the show. Band members from the other participating bands who did not win first prize will receive 10 CDs each of their choice from EMI.
Loeries rock fans came through to support the battling bands.
So did this television crew.
Cape Town band Real Bits of Panther played last - they had lots of support but ultimately did not receive more votes than the Privates International Band.
The Privates International Band describes their style as “varying … [It] swings from strong Spanish rock to superhero themed disco”.
And the YouTube guys filmed it all …