99 won the Battle of the Renegades

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Nine agency bands took to the Galatos stage last night in a brilliant display of musical prowess, shady dance moves, and inflated egos. For the first time in 10 years, 99 have taken out the championship title with their band, The Signoffs.

The judges – Radio Hauraki’s Matt Heath, Leigh Hart and Matt Ward – said they were impressed by 99’s tight set and flamboyant outfits.

“Their whole set was a nod to a bygone era of turquoise suits, slicked back hair and flaming orange guitars. They nailed their wildcard song, Pink Floyd’s Another Brick in the Wall Pt. 2 by Pink Floyd and had everyone dancing to Johnny B Goode,” Heath said.

“Their whole set was a nod to a bygone era of turquoise suits, slicked back hair and flaming orange guitars.”

For their efforts, 99 were awarded:

  • A production run of their own designed ice cream flavour from Much Moore Ice-Cream
  • Their biggest song recorded by Big Pop Studios
  • A $500 Lunch at Prego
  • A next-morning coffee run thanks to eighthirty coffee roasters
  • And, most importantly, the Botab Trophy.

Newcomers MBM delivered the Best Performer of the night – drummer Ashlee Choi. Her vocals and stage presence were unparalleled, winning her a travel voucher to the value of $1500 from Fortis Travel.

The bands that competed:

  • Fish Taco (Flying Fish)
  • Pegasus and the Job Numbers (Colenso BBDO)
  • FCBC (FCB)
  • The Strands (Saatchi & Saatchi)
  • Friends Electric (Barnes, Catmur & Friends Dentsu)
  • The Screaming O’s (Ogilvy)
  • Rage Against the Machine-Learning (MBM)
  • The Prototypes (Digital Arts Network + TBWA)
  • The Signoffs (99)

Botab 2018 again saw the support of the NZ Music Foundation. Funds raised through collections on the night and the pizza sales will go towards helping thousands of Kiwis through music projects that change the lives of people in need. “Thanks to everyone who gave generously,” said the Comms Council’s Katie Ward.

Botab 2018 was brought to you by: Flying Fish & the Commercial Communications Council (better known as the Comms Council)

A tip of the hat to the sponsors
Katie Ward: “And of course, BOTAB wouldn’t be possible without the love and support of our sponsors – Apex Insurance, Big Pop Studios, Fortis Travel, Event Cinemas, eighthirty coffee roasters, Whittaker’s, Radio Hauraki, Soa Print, My Food Bag, Prego & Much Moore Ice-Cream.”

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