EVENT City band Witch House emerges winner in Chennai Live Band Hunt Season 4

The atmosphere at the Chennai Live Band Hunt Season 4 finals was tense. Five Chennai bands had just performed in the finals, and as people, awaiting the results, talked frantically over phone and walked around the Museum Theatre campus with guitars and keyboards strapped to their backs, Bangalore-based folk fusion band Swarathma took the stage. What followed was an hour of energising folk music that changed it into a head-banging, hands-in-the-air rock concert. In the end, it was announced that Witch House won the title and Rs. 75,000 while Drift was the runner-up and won Rs. 25,000.

After an intense battle among five Bangalore-based bands and six Chennai bands in the semi-finals that took place the previous day, five bands (all from Chennai) — I-Borg, Witch House, Drift, Beta Function and The Halcyon Days — made it to the finals. “It was a strong fight among the bands and it’s unfortunate that none of the Bangalore bands made it to the finals, especially when last year’s winner was from Bangalore,” said Prem Kumar, COO, Chennai Live.

The event, four years old, was judged by a panel from Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music. “The judges had a rather tough time figuring out who to give the prize to. And, with the overwhelming response we received this year, we hope to include other States in the competition soon,” said Prem.

ANUSHA PARTHASARATHY

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