The LP Original Band Competition has concluded it’s first year with the Grand Final being held at the Woonona Bulli RSL over the weekend just passed.

Of the original thirty-eight bands who entered the competition, only ten bands remained to perform at the final, which saw hundreds of music lovers turn out in support.

The artists who performed in the final were all diverse and extremely talented and really showcased the quality of musicianship we have here in the Illawarra and although I couldn’t make it to the show, my dad Phil Haworth filled me in on how the night panned out.

Third place went to eight-piece reggae/funk act Chuparosa, who always seem to have a way of getting the audience to their feet and on the D-floor. All are very talented musicians with an exceptional singer and top bloke leading them, Tay Plain.

Second place went to Furious Monk, with their heavy riffs and hip-hop vocals, these guys are not unlike the great Rage Against the Machine. Very talented musicians and a truck-load of attitude to boot.

First place went to indie-electro-pop band Glab, who really have a style of their own. Their catchy choruses are hard to get out of your head, but they somehow manage to make every song vastly different to the last. A well deserved win for the four-piece taking home the cash, music gear from Haworth’s and studio time from Main Street Studios.

Reports from the judges suggest that deciding on a winner was not an easy task to say the least with such a talented group of bands competing. Special mention has to go to the other bands who also made it to the final. Dlinkwnt, Steel City Muthafunkas, Mixtape for the Drive, Tomb for a Titan, Shoot the Breeze, The Dirty Headbangers and The Franco-Prussians all performed exceptionally well and will no doubt continue to further their music careers in the greater national music scene.

Congratulations to all the bands for doing so well making it so far and congratulations to Lincoln Piper for organising such a successful event. I look forward to next years being even bigger and better.