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Inaugural Ryde Battle of the Bands winners in the spotlight

Published on 08 November 2018

The winner of the 2018 City of Ryde Battle of the Bands has encouraged bands to nominate for the 2019 edition, saying it can be a great launching pad for up and coming musical talent.

A Big Mistake – now known as Lost Friends – took out the 2018 Battle of the Bands competition during the City of Ryde’s Australia Day Concert.

The band – which is made up of former students from Epping Boys High School – received $1000 in cash and a mastering session at Studios 301. They also received an extra $250 for being voted as the winner of the People’s Choice award.  

Ed Galoustov, the band’s drummer, said they entered the Battle of the Bands as a way of expanding their audience and because they thought it “would be good fun”.

“We never thought we would actually make it in but we were very excited when we were given the opportunity to participate in the event,” Galoustov said.

“During the (competition) we got to experience playing to a large open audience and to meet some great guys from the other bands with whom we later did a couple of shows at the Petersham Bowling Club and the Captain Cook Hotel.”

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Being named winners at the 2018 Ryde Battle of the Bands

Since winning the Battle of the Bands, Lost Friends has been busy playing gigs and working on new material.

“After winning the competition, we were able to gain a larger audience and have a different perspective on our music, as well as having an extra few hundred in our pockets,” Galoustov said.

“We (are now) focused on recording our songs and re-branding ourselves under the name Lost Friends. We are currently working on our first EP scheduled to be released in early 2019, and have a large show coming up on 14 December to celebrate the launch of an early single that we are releasing.”

In terms of the Battle of the Bands, Lost Friends has no regrets taking part and Galoustov recommended participating in the competition to any other band trying to make a name and get noticed.

“I would recommend the battle of the bands to any band out there that wants to get their songs into the community as this event offers a great audience for your music to be heard. It is also a very fun and friendly event to be a part of and will leave you your band with an unforgettable experience,” he said.

The Battle of the Bands is open to all youth bands across Australia.

Bands are shortlisted by a panel of judges, including Guest Judge and APRA AMCOS Ambassador Isabella Manfredi from The Preatures, and the top three entries will be invited to perform at the City of Ryde Australia Day concert on 26 January.

Entries for Battle of the Bands close at 4pm on Monday 26 November. Visit our Battle of the Bands page to find out more and enter or watch the video below to discover what happened at last year's competition and Australia Day celebration.

Last updated on 15 November 2018