Nelson's first original music competition set to hit the stage

More than a dozen bands will take the stage during the first Titans of Tunes original music competition at the Playhouse ...
Morgan Freedom

More than a dozen bands will take the stage during the first Titans of Tunes original music competition at the Playhouse Cafe.

Nelson's first original music competition is landing in Mapua this weekend.

The Playhouse co-owner Nic Roland said Titans of Tunes was the first locally organised competition that focussed solely on original music.

"Titans of Tunes is basically a battle of the bands formatted style event, it's been really really popular with the musicians.

"We've got a grand total of 16 bands playing on the night, we actually ended up having to turn away a few."

Roland said he thought the concept was so popular because musicians wanted to share their original music with others. 

"They don't necessarily need to have a two hour set, they need three or four songs, which is enough to kind of be part of the event.

"I also think musicians often want to share their music with other musicians and quite often musicians are playing on a Saturday night."

The bands would all play three songs in a row, with the first place walking away with $500 cash and recording time at the NMIT studios.

Each band would also get a recording of their performance.

The idea for Titans of Tunes stemmed from the music huis that were held at the Basement Cafe in Nelson, he said.

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"We kind of talked about what events we could do and this came off the back of it.

"Titans of Tunes [is] kind of going to be the keystone event I suppose in terms of Nelson original music specifically."

Roland said the event was open to bands of all ages and the turn out was 50-50 mix of  young and older people. 

Titans of Tunes is on at the Playhouse Cafe, outside Mapua, on September 9 from 7pm to 11:30pm. Door sales $5 and return bus available for $15, but reservations necessary. 

 - Stuff

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