Purple Mafia triumph in AMP Awards final

Purple Mafia.
Purple Mafia.

AN action-packed night at Harrogate’s Royal Hall saw teenage band Purple Mafia from Ripon Grammar School come out tops in a close-run contest in the annual AMP Awards battle of the bands, writes Gig Scene Editor Graham Chalmers.

The five-piece narrowly edged out The Tickets from St Aidan’s High School in Harrogate who were runners-up and The Idea from Harrogate Grammar School.

The judges, including myself, the Blues Bar’s Simon Colgan, Muzo’s Richard Turner, Radio York’s Jenny Eells and Acceleris’s Alessandra Gritt, also gave a special award to Dark Days of December from Boroughbridge High School.

In front of hundreds of screaming teenagers, top individual musicians awards went to bassist Tom Fox of The Specs (St John Fisher’s High School) and lead guitarist Becca Longbottom of Dark Days of December.

For full report and a special picture spread, see next Friday’s Harrogate Advertiser.