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Congratulations to The Disfavoured Party, playing at Way Ahead Care on Lower Bristol Road, voted by our runners as the most popular band and winner of the 2016 Battle of the Bands title.  Also to runners up The Edsel Furys, and IDestroy in third place


The Battle of the Bands will be returning for the 2017 Vitality Bath Half Marathon on Sunday 12th March.  This is an opportunity for local bands and musicians to entertain runners and spectators along the half marathon route during the race.  It’s a 2-lap race, so runners get to pass each band twice, and to vote for their favourite in a runners’ poll after the race.

Every band is a winner, but the band with the most votes will receive a £500 cash prize and the opportunity to submit their music for broadcast on BBC Bristol – subject to confirmation.

We will be announcing details of the selection process for bands for the 2017 event after Christmas ………….



The Disfavoured Party received a £500 cash prize and the band members were interviewed live on BBC Radio Bristol.

The Disfavoured Party is a hard melodic rock band from Bristol known for its legendary live shows and they have recently released their second EP. Executive Commissioner Adam Rich commented: “We thought the participants were running away from us, turns out they were just rushing to get home so they could vote for us! It was for sure the longest duration we’ve ever played for; we started to play when we saw the race leader Robert Mbithi in the distance and we didn’t stop until every last person had passed us. It was a huge thrill to spur the runners on and we would like to thank everyone who took the time to vote for us.”

“We have just released our second EP ‘Inauguration’ which has received great reviews and comparisons to such giants of the genre as Bragg, Strummer and Lydon, and winning the Battle of the Bands title is another reason to be proud. We had a great day at the Vitality Bath Half Marathon and really enjoyed playing for the runners and spectators, thank you again for having us!”

Andrew Taylor, Race Director commented: “Congratulations to The Disfavoured Party for winning this year’s Battle of the Bands competition and for contributing to a great atmosphere on race day.

We would like to express a big thank you to all the bands who gave their time and took part in this year’s Battle of the Bands, to all the venues who generously donated use of their premises, and to our Entertainment Manager Dave Box for all his hard work in organising this exciting element of the event.”


The Battle of the Bands competition provides a platform for local musical talent to showcase their talent in front of the 15,000 runners as well as the spectators and residents, whilst creating a carnival atmosphere and keeping the runners motivated around the 13.1 mile course

Following the success of the 2015 inaugural Battle of the Bands, the number of bands was increased from 6 to 9 in 2016, with a wide range of musical genres from folk to brass, rock and roll, funk, soul, boogie woogie, surf and Irish.

The Vitality Bath Half is renowned for the crowd support around the course.  The entertainment is also a popular element of the event, with half marathon runners passing each Battle of the Bands point twice on the 2-lap course, in addition to a number of media and charity cheering points.

The 2016 Battle of the Bands locations were as follows:

  • Location 1: Harlem Rhythm Cats at The Ayrlington on Pulteney Road
  • Location 2: The Red Boot Band at Green Park
  • Location 3: The Corporations at Victoria Pub & Kitchen on Upper Bristol Road
  • Location 4: The Somerset Paddies at Andrews Estate Agent on Newbridge Road
  • Location 5: Trenchard near the Boathouse Pub on Newbridge Road
  • Location 6: The Disfavoured Party at Way Ahead Care on Lower Bristol Road
  • Location 7: The Edsel Furys at The Carers’ Centre on Lower Bristol Road
  • Location 8: lDestroy at The Royal Oak Pub on Lower Bristol Road
  • Location 9: Bath Folk Youth Band at Platinum Toyota Bath on Lower Bristol Road