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Scream Street rock out on SpecFest stage

Willyama High School’s four-piece grunge rockers Scream Street performed in the Surround Sound band competition at SpecFest, the forecourt entertainment for the Schools Spectacular, held outside Qudos Bank Arena.

The competition, which was open to bands from rural and remote secondary schools, saw Scream Street – made up of Louis Lukins (guitar/vocals), Rylan Brown (guitarist), Josh Reardon (bass), and Kye Turley (drums) – undergo a rigorous process that started with a video submission before being selected as a finalist by an industry mentor, then needing to prepare a 15-minute set for SpecFest.

“It was one the greatest experiences we have ever had,” Kye told the Barrier Truth.

“The Surround Sound stage was the biggest we’ve ever played at, and the biggest crowd we’ve played to. SpecFest has given us the experience we need to be able to play on big stages in front of big crowds.”

Josh added, “It was quite a rush being able to play and share our music and passion with lots of very nice people. It has made me more comfortable playing in front of other people and having more of a stage presence.”

“I was excited to play in front of a lot of people”, said Louis, while Rylan explained that he “found the whole experience to be amazing [with] so many supportive people watching us on stage which really gets rid of all the stage freight”.

Each member of the band said that being involved in the Surround Sound band competition and performing at SpecFest would benefit themselves and the band, which included trying to play more gigs in the future, perform with more confidence, and make and record original songs.

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