Okapi are the battle winners

Ripley battles of the band winners Okapi
Ripley battles of the band winners Okapi

RIPLEY outfit Okapi produced a storming set last week to lift the crown in the Battle Of The Bands contest organised by Deafbox Promotions.

Wednesday night’s final at The Out Of Town in Ripley proved to be the climax of a six-week long battle among talented local bands.

The competition started back on July 27 with 18 bands from across the area competing for the title.

Each week has proved popular with local music fans, ensuring the venue was packed out, making for a fantastic atmosphere. The first three heats saw some shock results when local favourites Shackled failed to recieve enough votes to put them through. On the flipside, relatively unknown bands such as The Riverview and Bury The Ladybird impressed enough to see them through to the semis, then through to the final.

The final also saw young Belper band Time is Up proving their worth, doing themselves and their fans proud by putting on an excellent performance, gaining great support from the other finalists.

The final band in the final was Ripley indie band Okapi who put on an excellent set, which impressed everyone on the night, giving them an overwhelming majority of the votes, and securing their title.

The champions won a prize package including rehearsal time at Belper’s Soundhub Studios, recording time at Snug Records in Derby, as well as photography by an established professional photographer. The band also won the coveted winners trophy and the continued support of Deafbox Promotions to help push them as far as they can in the world of music.

If you want a chance to see the winners then they are playing this Saturday (September 10) at an all-day festival, at the Red Lion, Wirksworth, hosted by Deafbox Promotions.