Van Howling were crowned best band at UCL last Thursday, following two heats earlier in the term. The annual competition pits new and old bands against each other in timed sets, with judges drawn from the UCL community. Composed of current and former UCL students, Van Howling came 4th in last year’s competition.
Van Howling went easily through their first round heat, winning comfortably to arrive at last week’s final. They put in a good set to win the competition, which started out with a field of 14 applicants. Battle of the Bands is the headline event in term two for the UCLU Live Music Society. Current President Robyn-Louise Simms commented following the final ”I’d like to say a big thank you to all the bands who entered this year, there was some tough competition! Congratulations to the winners, Van Howling, they really pulled something out of the bag for this years set. It’s been a great year to be President of the society and I would like to thank all the bands from the whole year and my amazing committee for making it so.”
The variety of acts on show this year was strong, ranging from indie rock and folk, to electronica and blues-inspired acoustic. One interesting point was the number of bands for whom the Battle of the Bands was their first or second outing, which bodes well for the future of UCL’s student music scene.
Van Howling intend to use the winnings to record an album of new songs, including the opener from their recent sets, Fire.