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Battle of the Bands


Battle of the Bands

Arrangements for the 2021 Battle of the Bands will be published closer to the event.

The Battle of the Bands competition offers local musicians the chance to play on race day, adding to the unique atmosphere that makes the Bath Half one of the most popular road races in the UK.

Runners get to vote for their favourite in a runners’ poll after the race, with the winning band receiving 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 have a real variety of music from samba and jazz to modern, and the feedback shows the runners love the music on the course. While the course is run through the city centre some places on the outskirts of the city can feel a little bit lonely, but with the bands there playing they certainly help to lift the runners’ spirits.”

To take part in the 2021 Battle of the Bands competition, bands are asked to register their interest by sending an email to [email protected] with a link to online video footage.

And the Battle of the Bands 2020 winner is.........

We are delighted to announce the winner of our 2020 Battle of the Bands competition, as voted for by our runners is…..

Four And A Half Shades!

These guys blew us away on race day (as did all of our bands) and we cannot thank them enough.

“Thanks all for your support; many of you took up your valuable energy to give us a wave, a thumbs up, some even did a dance while running in the rain. It was a pleasure performing for such a great audience. Please consider giving us a Like on Facebook and writing a review to help us with our online reputation.” Victor – Four And A Half Shades

Congratulations to Drumcam - winner of our 2019 Battle of the Bands

Having run the Bath Half Marathon in 2016 the thing that struck me was how much energy and atmosphere the bands provide. Since then I have applied to take part in the Battle of the Bands competition every year so naturally I was really excited to be given the opportunity this year.

Playing to all the runners was a really great experience and all the cheering, thumbs up and run/dancing past help me as much as my music hopefully help every one competing!

Winning the competition – and the £500 is really special so a HUGE THANK YOU to each and every runner that took the time to vote!! The prize money will be split and donated to two charities with special significance to myself, firstly Dorothy House and secondly, The Bowel Movement so again, THANK YOU to everyone who took the time to vote!!!

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