Redcliffe band The Red G’s has joined the likes of Taylor Swift and Powderfinger, performing on the world stage online instead of in person.
Battle of the Bands has been a live event for almost a decade, and the Endeavour Foundation
wanted to hold this year’s battle while also ensuring the health and safety of people with disability.
The solution is an online event, with 184 performers with a disability across 21 acts showing off their talents and passion for music in a new way.
Anna Stevens, who loves performing and lives with an intellectual disability, performed for the first time with her Redcliffe Learning and Lifestyle band The Red G’s.
“Performing in this year’s Battle of the Bands makes me feel awesome, and very happy,” Anna says.
“I loved the dancing and acting so much.
“It was my first time recording an acted performance and it was a great new experience.”
Endeavour Foundation Redcliffe Learning and Lifestyle day service site manager Callan Stout says the event was a highlight each year.
“We wanted to make the event happen for the people we support and by going virtual, even more people had the opportunity to celebrate with us,” Callan says.
“If Powderfinger and Taylor Swift can host concerts online, why can’t we?”
Callan says International Day of People with Disability – a United Nations day celebrating the achievements and contributions of people living with disability – is the perfect day to host the event.
“As events are cancelled around the world, Battle of the Bands brings the joy of music and a celebration of musical talents into the homes of people everywhere,” Callan says.
Acts taking part in the battle recorded and submitted their performances ahead of the event.
The performances were put together into a 90-minute show, with emcees and judges adding to the excitement.
View the Endeavour Foundation All Abilities Battle of the Bands at here.
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