Battle of the Bands; 12 bands showcased their performance at Doha College
02 Feb 2023Event
The illustrious Battle of the Bands, a tradition started in Qatar over 10 years ago by Doha College, returned to its original host for the 2023 edition. The first such event to be held post-pandemic and in Doha College’s new campus in Al Wajba, it attracted 12 bands from 9 schools from across the country, following a pre-selection round within the participating schools.
The program showcased a very eclectic taste, covering genres from heavy metal to raggae, and spanning across many decades of music. The contestants ranged in age from 12 to 18 but the standards were extremely high, with many young musicians displaying breath-taking virtuosity, well beyond their years.
The judging panel comprised Vasileios Gkouzounas, who took on the adjudicating duties for the fourth time in six years, Raelene Gibson and Gary Greig.
Doha College’s “Experimental BBQ” was recognised as the competition’s “Rising Stars,” Dukhan English School won third place, GEMS American Academy came second, and Oryx International School won the top spot with a creative spin on Michael Jackson’s infamous “Thriller.” The coveted prize is the opportunity to play live at the upcoming Rockaway Beach Festival.