A guide about which band will be where at Bath Half 2020.
8 March 2020
A few years ago the organisers of the Bath Half decided to add to the carnival atmosphere with a Battle of the Bands competition, and this year it’s back once more.
At different locations around the route seven very different bands, along with last year’s winner, will be playing in the hope of impressing the runners as they pass (twice as it’s a two lap race). After the race, the runners will be able to vote for their favourite from the seven in a runners’ poll. The winning band who gets the most votes will win a £500 cash prize.
If you’re still in two, or more, minds about where on the course to watch the race from, this guide about which band will be where may help you to decide.
N.B. Bath Half has since announced that there have been a couple of cancellations for the Battle of the Bands. We don’t know which bands have cancelled, but we do know that they are looking for replacements. (They’re asking for anyone interested to contact them.)
Fork Lift Truck at Churchill Bridge (unconfirmed at this moment)
This is a five-piece folk country band with tons of energy. They play covers of classic folk songs (think Galway Girl and the like) with the end result being an urge to get up and dance!
Drumcam at Green Park Road
Last year’s Battle of the Bands winner, Drumcam, is back. He’s a firm favourite with the runners and spectators alike. He plays hits (no pun intended) from the lies of Pendulum, The Prodigy, Chase and Status, and Basement Jaxx.
Bath Spa Big Band at Queen Square Mile
This is a student led band from Bath Spa University. They are a melting pot of musicians with a huge range of backgrounds and instruments. They play jazz, swing, and big band music.
Prospect Style at The Victoria Pub and Kitchen
Prospect Style are seven experiences musicians playing an unexpectedly eclectic, top-tappingly joyful mix of music with an overall rock sound. Their songs range from classics like “The Tide is High” to modern hits from George Ezra and Passenger.
Fortitude at Upper Bristol Road
This is a four-piece rock covers band. They play rock from the 70s and 80s, hard rock, punk rock, indie rock, alternative rock…if rock is in the genre title somewhere, they probably play it.
The Odyssey at Way Ahead Care on Lower Bristol Road
The Odyssey are a four-piece electro rock band. Their sound incorporates “strong synthetic hooks, lifting guitar solos, blues inspired drums, and old school bass.” A recent review said they were like “The Killers meets Swedish House Mafia”.
Batala Bristol at Aldridges of Bath on Lower Bristol Road
This band is the sound of the Brazilian carnival, and brings the atmosphere with it that that suggests. They have won various competitions, including being the winner of Battle of the Bands for the 2017 Bath Half. Samba reggae and street drumming perfection.
KES Soul (unconfirmed)
KES Soul are the resident R&B band from King Edward’s School in Bath. These talented young musicians play arrangements of familiar music by artists with a soul vibe (as the name suggests!). Last year they had a particularly stand-out performance at Bath’s Party in the City where they performed to raise money for charity.
As we said, not all are confirmed, but nevertheless, we hope this helps you decide where to be on the day. Unless of course you want to be with us at Dukes Bath at the start/finish line! Wherever you watch the race from, have a great Bath Half!