Top bands battle to rock Ryde

WAVE your Australian flag to show your support for your favourite band as it battles it out with rivals at the City Of Ryde’s ‘Ryde Rocks Australia Day’ celebration.

The Battle of the Bands kicks off at 5pm on North Ryde Common as part of the Australia Day Concert.

A Fireworks Spectacular at the Common will be held from 5pm until 9pm.

The Australia Day Concert will feature Spencer Jones from The Voice and Jay Parrino and The Rockers of Oz alongside this year’s Battle Of The Bands guest judge Isabella Manfredi.

The Battle of the Band finalists include:’The Vinyl Press’, ‘A Big Mistake’ and ‘Supahoney’ and the City of Ryde will have Australian flags to wave in support of your favourite band.

Come and watch them perform on Australia Day and vote for your favourite band on the day for the ‘People’s Choice’ award, the team at the City of Ryde said.

The winning band will receive $1,000 cash, a mastering session at Studios 301 and a mentoring session with a leading Australian music industry executive.

This is a good opportunity to bring your own picnic rug or deck chair, wave the flag and enjoy the concert with family and friends.

ÒThere will also be rides, sports, food trucks and a great line up of entertainment, ending with our spectacular firework display.

Activities for children include amusement rides, mini tennis, volleyball, soccer, cricket, scoop ball, frisbee throwing, and face painting.

The food trucks include Miss Mabel’s, Gozleme, Pro Catering, Bar Coco, Pimp My Chimney and more.

Local people can also enter the thong throwing competition for your chance to win freebies for whoever can throw it the furthest in the kids and adult categories.

The team said that while Australia Day is a fun celebration, it is also a time to reflect on our national identity.

On Australia Day, we come together as a nation to celebrate our diverse society and landscape, our remarkable achievements and our bright future.

It is also a chance to reflect on our nation’s history, and to consider how we can make Australia an even better place in future.

Parking is available on site and the council team advises locals to arrive early to get a parking spot.

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