Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Search for Star Performer; the Race for a Dream Sugar City Sounds Gig Has Come Down to Two Local Bands

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Search for Star Performer; the Race for a Dream Sugar City Sounds Gig Has Come Down to Two Local Bands

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Byline: Kate Rasmussen Kate.Rasmussen@dailymercury.com.au

THE competition is heating up for two Mackay bands competing for the dream spot of performing next to big names Birds of Tokyo, Pete Murray and the Living End at BB Print Stadium for Sugar City Sounds when it comes to Mackay in September.

Johnny Breen and ALT were the people's choice winners in 'The Search', a competition run by radio station Triple M to find a local performer for the festival.

Now they'll battle it out for the top spot at Harrup Park this Saturday.

Entrants in The Search were asked to register and more than 40 applied.

Southern Cross Austereo general manager, Roxanne Tuugavao Soe, said Triple M local social content consistently performed well, however, this search had intrigued Mackay like nothing they'd recently seen.

"After the entry cut-off date, the list was immediately narrowed to 40. From here, a top eight was selected, which was trimmed to give us the top five.

"This list of five names was announced to the public live on air during Jay & Dave's Breakfast show," she said.

Alyssa Brache, the vocalist for ALT, said they were excited when they heard the announcement.

"It's amazing, we have only been together for just over a year and we have already done a lot in that time, but this just tops everything off," she said.

Alyssa believes it was their recent popularity at a local country music festival that helped them secure the spot, .

"We had to send in an application, so went sent in one of our videos that went viral at the Sarina Country Music Festival a couple of weeks ago. They saw that and liked what we did and we got through to the top five.

"I think a lot of people don't realise how much talent there is in Mackay, and once we were found our fan base just grew very quickly. We play a lot at Langfords and just from being there Mackay has just been incredible, and that has shown through the votes," she said. …

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