X Factor finalist to perform at Burdekin Battle of the Bands

A former Burdekin Battle of the Bands winner, who made it to the finals of X Factor last year, is returning as this year’s guest performer.

Former Townsville performer Trent Bell is returning to North Queensland to showcase his talent at the Burdekin Battle of the Bands next month.

“I can’t wait to come back to the Burdekin and see the talent the region has to offer,” he said.

“In 2005, I entered the Burdekin Battle of the Bands as a lead singer in the band called Pestilence.

“We went in as mates would, not knowing what the outcome would be or how well we would perform, only with the frame of mind that we were there to have fun.

“Shockingly enough I had won Best New Talent and Pestilence won the gold for the night. A win that year didn’t always mean we had won every other year. We still persisted and tried, won and lost but never gave up.”

Trent’s advice to bands considering entering the competition would be to “go into the competition knowing you are going to have a great time and put in the best you can”.

“Not winning doesn’t always mean you haven’t taken something away from it,” he said.

“The experience itself is a step closer to where you want to be. Warm up well, focus on the job at hand and you’ll always know you tried your best.

“Persistence is the key to success.”

Trent’s music career started at 13 when he realised he wanted to make a career out of singing. He joined The Merchants who supported Grinspoon and Taxiride when they played in Townsville. He is now living in Brisbane where he continues to pursue his dream of being a successful singer/songwriter.

Trent has also appeared on Australian Idol in 2009 where he made it to the Top 60 and in X Factor  in 2010 where he made it to the Top 12 of under 25 year boys. Last year on X Factor, he made it to the Top 6 under 25 year boys and flew to New York where he met with Beyonce Knowles.

“The story of her life and how many times she had been knocked back made me more determined,” he said.

“Even though I didn’t progress further in the competition the ‘No’ only made me strive harder for my dream.

“These shows are all about finding ways to get my name out there. The experience I gained on X Factor was fantastic and it really has put the workings of the music industry into perspective for me.”

The Burdekin Battle of the Bands, which is organised by the Burdekin Shire Youth Council, will be held at the Burdekin Memorial Hall on Saturday, April 14, from 6.30pm.

Nominations are still open and there are still performance spots available. The competition is open to all genres of bands with members who are aged from 12 to 25 years of age.

Each competing band will need to perform two songs – a cover and an original – and they will be judged on their musical ability, originality, stage presence, audience appreciation and commercial viability.

Prizes will include cash and musical instruments.

Nomination forms are available from the Burdekin Shire Council chambers and Delta Music in Ayr.  They can also be downloaded from council’s website at www.burdekin.qld.gov.au 

The closing date for nominations is Friday, March 30, 2012.

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