Five-piece Indy pop band Young Robin has taken out the top prize at Gozzy Rock 2016.
The group was awarded a cash prize of $5,000 and a recording package worth $1,600 at SoundLab, the City’s digital recording studio at Amherst Youth Space.
Four-piece rock band Palm Soma was the runner-up, while Belgrade, a four-piece fusion band, took out the encouragement award.
More than 150 supporters packed the Don Russell Performing Arts Centre at the weekend’s finals, where three music industry experts judged the six Gozzy Rock finalists.
The judges said the result went down to the wire, with only five points separating the winner and runner-up.
The bands were assessed on the basis of originality, stage presence and professionalism.
Young Robin bass guitarist Hamish Graham said Gozzy Rock was an amazing experience to be involved in.
“We hadn’t really expected to win with the level of competition that was there – all the bands were so great and we just loved watching everyone else,” he said.
The band plans to use the prize to assist in recording its first single, due to be released in December.
A total of 30 entrants took part in this year’s competition, which is now in its 29th year.
Gozzy Rock 2016 was proudly supported by the Gosnells Youth Advisory Council, RTRFM 92.1 community radio station, WAM – Western Australian Music and Xpress.