IN TUNE: Rheanna Leschke will open for Marcia Hines in January after winning the Lockyer Arts Festival Battle of the Bands on the weekend.
IN TUNE: Rheanna Leschke will open for Marcia Hines in January after winning the Lockyer Arts Festival Battle of the Bands on the weekend.

The chance of a lifetime

TALENTED musicians from across the region belted out their best tunes in front of a packed Lockyer Hotel on the weekend to claim an opportunity of a lifetime.

For the past three months, bands and soloists from a variety of musical backgrounds have competed in the Lockyer Arts Festival Battle of the Bands for the chance to open for renowned artist Marcia Hines in January with the top nine taking the stage on Saturday night.

From rock and roll to flamenco, the crowd was bombarded with a range of toe-tapping tunes but there could only be one winner.

Rheanna Leschke and Band performed their way into the hearts of the audience to be crowned winner of the competition.

It was a close battle on the night with, Rheanna Leschke and Band narrowly finishing on top of second placed Third Eye Alchemy by one point.

Ms Leschke said she was ecstatic to win the competition and could not wait to open for Marcia Hines at the Gatton Shire Hall on January 15.

"It was really exciting to win," she said.

"What an opportunity to play and open for Marcia Hines.

"The whole festival sounds like it will be great.

"To have an opportunity to play in your local area in itself is really good and it's what I love to do so to be able to do it for Marcia Hines is great."

The Glamorgan Vale singer said she and her band, consisting of her father, sister and drummer, were determined to open for Hines in style for the January show.

"Its one of those gigs where you want to do Marcia proud as well and give her the entrance she deserves," she said.

"And to do the best for her and the audience who paid to see a good show."

Ms Leschke just finished her first year of university studying a Bachelor of Popular Music and Performance and said she loved to entertain people with music.

The Lockyer Arts Festival will run from January 13 to 16.


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