For Adio take Battle of the Bands crown

Garreth Dunleavy from the Prince Bar presenting Battle of the Bands winners For Adio with their prize following their success

Garreth Dunleavy from the Prince Bar presenting Battle of the Bands winners For Adio with their prize following their success

For Adio, a Carlow based four piece, claimed the Battle of the Bands crown, emerging victorious following a three way 'performance off' with Exit 13 and Lucid Blue at the Prince Bar on Thursday night.

Over the past seven weeks, thirteen bands took to the Prince stage on Thursday nights to musically compete.

A huge prize fund was up for grabs including a cash prize of €2,000, printing material worth €1,500, ten paid gigs at The Prince Bar, Athlone, ten paid gigs in The Skeff Late Bar, Galway, and recording time at Grouse Lodge studios.

For Adio were announced Battle of The Bands 2018 champions on the night. Hailing from Carlow, For Adio have a timeless modern vibe.

The band is made up of four members - Jake Doyle on vocals and rhythm guitar, Jason Fagan on lead guitar and backup vocals, Lauris Millers playing bass and Evan Lacey on drums.

From busking and gigging and now in studio working on original music, they are almost ready to release their first EP.

"We worked so hard for this, we went busking for a week to raise money for a bus so we could bring all our fans for free.

It wasn't easy, there were brilliant bands through the competition who blew us away and made us practice harder," said manager Stephen Hanlon.

He added, "we can't thank all the sponsors and event organisers enough, it's been such an amazing experience, and to win has given us the resources that every band needs to move on to a new chapter. "

Sponsors throughout the competition included Heineken, Grouse Lodge Studio, Midland Print, The Skeff late bar, Galway and the Prince bar, Athlone.

A big shout out to runners up on the night Lucid Blue and Exit 13 who were outstanding throughout the entire competition.

"A massive thank you to all bands who competed throughout the competition, to all judges, sponsors and audience who made this event happen," concluded the event organiser, Garreth Dunleavy.

You will catch the very best in live bands at the Prince Bar, Athlone every week and keep an eye out for For Adio's upcoming gigs.

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