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The Bath Half organisers are once again offering local musicians the chance to play on race day and take part in its Battle of the Bands competition.

For the last two years, local bands have participated in the competition adding to the excitement and entertainment around the course on the day. The winner of the competition is decided by the runners, who vote for the best bands after the race and the winning band receives a cash prize of £500.

Race Director, Andrew Taylor said “The Bands play an extremely important role in the race as they create a tremendous atmosphere both for the runners and the spectators. We had seven bands take part last year all playing a variety of music from samba and jazz to modern and boogie woogie, and the feedback shows the runners love the music on the course, particularly on the quieter sections of the course away from the city centre.”

To take part in the 2018 Battle of the Bands competition, bands must register interest by sending an email to with a link to some online footage.


Congratulations to Batala Bristol, who rocked their sweet carnival socks off for runners and spectators alike at Green Park, voted ‘2017 BATH HALF MARATHON BATTLE OF THE BANDS WINNERS’

The sound of the carnival and samba reggae descended from Brazil to groove the streets of Bath

Everyone’s a winner.  Many thanks to all our bands who played their hearts out off for your entertainment, and to our venue owners who provided hospitality on race day !


The Battle of the Bands returned for the 2017 Bath Half Marathon on Sunday 12th March.  This was 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 got to pass each band twice, and to vote for their favourite in a runners’ poll after the race.  The 2017 bands were:

  • Red River Hogs Churchill Bridge, BA2 3DQ (mile 1 and mile 12)
  • Batala Bristol Green Park, BA1 1HZ (mile 1.5 and mile 7) – 2017 WINNERS
  • Harlem Rhythm Cats Victoria Pub & Kitchen, Upper Bristol Road BA1 3AT (mile 2.5 and mile 8)
  • The Gavin Lazarus Trio  Andrews Estate Agent, Newbridge Road  BA1 3HF (mile 3 and mile 8.5)
  • All Out of Milk Bath Carer’s Centre, Lower Bristol Road BA2 9ES (mile 4.5 and mile 10)
  • Rosa Gray Band Way Ahead Care Centre, Lower Bristol Road BA2 9ES (mile 5 and mile 10.5)
  • The Corporations Toyota Dealership, Lower Bristol Road  BA2 3DN (10km and mile 11.5)

The bands gave their time for free to entertain runners and spectators around the course, particularly in some of the quieter sections.