You may remember that Walthamstow Academy’s own Swear Down Band won the borough Battle of the Bands final this time last year. The annual contest run by Waltham Forest Music Service is held at Leyton Sixth Form and features bands from schools across the borough competing against each other in front of a panel of judges and a live audience.
As trophy holders Swear Down could not enter the contest, however headlined the show by performing 3 polished songs to the audience whilst the judges decided the winner in secret. Their tight set list included last year’s competition winner ‘Falling’ by Alicia Keys, ‘Wrecking Ball’ by Miley Cyrus and new piece ‘Stitches’ by Sean Mendes. Many people commented on how far the band had come on since last year’s show and following their performance was a short interview. Although Swear Down are a student band they have been performing together for almost 4 years now and have reached the highest level of musicianship seen from a band in the history of the Academy.