Top talent holds court

Competition winner Jake Halfhyde (right) with Alexandra Mason (left) Pic: Supplied

By Jessica Micallef

Music and singing has taken centre stage at Sunbury’s Ball Court Hotel.

After 12 weeks of competition heats, season three of the open mic competition concluded with a bang when 10 local artists battled it out for the top prize on Wednesday.

Event organiser Brian Henderson Ward said the grand finale was one for the ages.

“The atmosphere was electric,” Mr Henderson Ward said.

“It was a full house and the crowd was really respectful of artists.”

Over the 12 weeks of the competition, one winner from each heat received a golden ticket for a place in the final.

Competition winner and Sunbury resident Jake Halfhyde said he was shocked at his success.

“It was definitely a surprise,” Mr Halfhyde said.

“It’s nice to get some recognition.”

Mr Halfhyde said he has been playing the guitar for a while but still gets nervous performing to a big crowd.

He hopes to release his own music sometime early next year.