Ladyslug have won the Queensland state final of the National Campus Band Competition and will perform at the national final in Melbourne later this month.
The state final took place at Southern Cross University’s Lismore Campus on September 1, with Ladyslug playing on homeground.
The competition was hot, with the Lismore band competing against two finalists, Keelan Mak and RawR Vanity, from Griffith University and Living Proof from the North Coast Institute of TAFE.
Excitement was high on the night, but Ladyslug remained calm and collected as they rehearsed, mingled with friends, sold their merchandise, and decorated each other with markings of support – fake Ladyslug tattoos scattered across the floor and the fans.
The annual National Campus Band Competition has been held across Australian universities since 1990, and has helped launch the careers of bands including Eskimo Joe, Jebediah, and Nocturnal Tapes.
The seedlings of Ladyslug were planted on a wharf in Cuba in 2015, with founding members Kodi Twiner and Ben Jackson creating a plan that would soon grow into a bigger project.
In February 2016, the founding pair welcomed into the band Luke Rosten on keys, and Lachlan Dwyer on drums and sax.
With Twiner’s powerful voice and lyrics, and Jackson’s bass and euphonium, the group of SCU students and graduates started working on creating a well-oiled contemporary sound - one that incorporates neo-soul, RnB and jazz fusion.
The competition is yet another accolade to add to their growing repertoire.
The band is currently working on an EP and will be touring later this year.