Doncaster group Kiziah and the Kings came out as winners at a ‘Battle of the Bands’ charity event.
‘Battle of the Bands’ took place at Walkabout, Carver Street, off West Street, on April 4th. Three local bands were given the chance to perform and the audience chose who they wanted to win. Section 60, an indie/ alternative band, performed their 30 minute set first. Contemporary rock group Scrim were up next and had the whole room up dancing. Taking to the stage last were winners by a unanimous decision, Kiziah and the Kings, a soulful group made up of three guys and a girl. Lead singer Kiziah Watson explained what winning meant to them. “It’s a great feeling to win. But we can’t forget what we are all here for, to make money for Amy’s Retreat.”
Battle of the Bands was created in aide of Amy’s Retreat, a Sheffield based charity set up by Joanne and Stephen Hall after their daughter, Amy, died of cancer aged five. The charity gives families with children who suffer from cancer, the chance to go away and spend time together as a family.
Guests were also asked to dress up as their favourite popstar and people turned up as artists such as Lady Gaga, Amy Winehouse, Rihanna, Katy Perry and Elvis.
Danny Child, 19, who came as one of the Village People explained why the event was important to him: “The money raised here tonight will go to a good cause; everyone gets dressed up has a laugh and raises lots of money!”
Emma Robinson, 21, who came as pops bad girl Amy Winehouse explains her choice. “I don’t really smoke and I drink moderately, so I thought I would be her so I get the chance to be a bad girl, even if it’s only for one night. Plus I get to wear a wig and have big hair!”
The best dressed, again decided by the audience, won an award and vouchers for a meal for 2 with a bottle of wine at La Tasca. The winner of the night was Paul Galloway, 25, who was dressed as Garth from Wayne’s Word. “I just came as myself basically, and won the sexiest costume!”
Guests were also automatically entered into a raffle for buying a ticket and prizes included a PizzaExpress hamper, Sheffield United tickets, Nandos vouchers and Lyceum Theatre tickets.
The event raised £400 for Amy’s Retreat, organiser Frances Child, 21, said: “The foundation is completely selfless, and deserves all the exposure it can get. I’m glad to be part of such a great cause and the night has been a success, all my hard work has been worth it.”
For more information on Amy’s Retreat and how you can help go to http://www.amysretreat.org.uk/
By Carrie-Ann Vessey