Gozzy Rock: battle of the bands ready to rock again


Casinodreams won last year’s Gozzy Rock.
Casinodreams won last year’s Gozzy Rock.

THE band that won Gozzy Rock last year says the competition gave them the momentum to start making waves in the local music scene.

Casinodreams took out last year’s battle of the bands competition, which has been running for 29 years and gives emerging artists a platform to promote their own music.

The winner of Gozzy Rock receives a cash prize of $5000 and a recording package worth $1600 at Soundlab @Amherst, which has a digital recording studio.

Singer and guitarist Harrison Read said Casinodreams was in the process of looking at recording another EP and a music video.

“It did help us gain an extra bit of momentum,” he said.

“Gozzy Rock gave us a pretty good lift up in getting media coverage.”

He said the money went straight back into the band and helped cover the cost of recording an EP.

The competition is open to original and unsigned solo artists as well as duos or bands with at least one member who is under 25 and not a former major winner.

The Second prize winner walks away with $1000 cash and a $1200 recording package, while the Encouragement Award recipient will secure $500 cash and an $800 SoundLab recording package.

Bands can enter here.