Battle of the bands finds rythym in new venue

Bassist of Vancouver's Poles headbangs on a Tuesday night at Shindig. Photo by Jon Hernandez

Bassist of Vancouver’s Poles headbangs on a Tuesday night at Shindig. Photo by Jon Hernandez

A battle-of-the-bands that has been a launching pad for local artists since the 1980s is getting back to its rowdy roots after a move away from its longstanding venue.

Shindig, a 27-band tournament restricted to local acts only, is well underway in its new home, the Hindenburg on West Cordova.

Six weeks in, the vibrant crowds in attendance offer a sharp contrast to the subdued atmosphere of Shindig’s last two years. The event is organized by the University of B.C. campus-radio station, CiTR.

“We had a [mosh breakout] last Tuesday,” said Ben Lai, Shindig’s organizer, host and MC. “[At the Hindenburg], the bands feel like they’re playing a legit rock-and-roll show.”

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About Jon Hernandez

Jon Hernandez is a Journalist, Tree Planter, and current student at UBC's Graduate School of Journalism. He holds a Bachelors of Arts from UBC Vancouver, and has worked for such publications as The Region and Sustainability Television. View all posts by Jon Hernandez

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