CAMPAIGN DIARY: Bates Angels pick up the best band award with 70s disco sound

Last Thursday, Camden Palace was the scene of the annual NABS Battle of the Bands. Duty-bound to attend, we nevertheless managed to have a pretty fab time for the second year running.

Last Thursday, Camden Palace was the scene of the annual NABS

Battle of the Bands. Duty-bound to attend, we nevertheless managed to

have a pretty fab time for the second year running.



The evening kicked off with Stuntmutt, FCB and BMP DDB’s entrant to the

competition. Not quite getting there in time for the start, we hear they

were a bit too ’guitary’, but we did catch the fantastic, the wonderful,

the victorious Bates Angels, from - you guessed it - Bates Dorland. They

wowed the crowd with tunes such as Le Chic’s Le Freak and other 70s

floor-fillers.



Dressed outrageously in curly wigs and wild 70s suits, they were by far

the most enthusiastic of all the bands. That was probably why they were

declared the winners.



The other band that caught the Diary’s eye was Funky Groove Movement

from the new-media agency, SMI Group. They were definitely the coolest,

showing the packed crowd that you could perform completely original

songs and still get the applause that everyone else gets for their cover

versions.



We even managed to fit in a bit of floor-shuffling to them.



We’re sorry, but Young and Rubicam’s Common People just didn’t do it for

us - too much Pulp/Blur/Oasis influence. However, the finale by NABS’s

Spiced Girls was the highlight of the whole evening.



For anyone considering entering next year’s competition, please, please

do. We’d very much like to have to go again.



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