Pictured above: Construction Rocks 2019 Melbourne winners
Construction Rocks is an annual competition that calls out for organisations from the industry to form a band and battle it out for the crown of Construction Rocks Champions.
Now a popular event on the yearly calendar, the entertaining evening offers a relaxed environment for industry peers to network, while raising funds for charity.
Construction Rocks proudly support the PIF as its primary donor, a not-for-profit that partners with respected charities in support of youth homelessness.
Kate Mills, CEO, PIF said the Construction Rocks events show off the enormous creativity and generosity in the industry, with funds raised helping the Foundation build more homes for homeless young people.
“It takes a lot for people to step out on stage in front of their peers and perform – but they do it because they believe in the difference we are making for young people,” she said. “Construction really does rock!
“It’s also really clear that these events have strong support across the industry and we’re so enthusiastic to be part of it each year.”
Pictured above: Construction Rocks 2019 Sydney winners
Sydney celebrated its fifth and biggest event yet in August. The sell-out event sold 500 tickets, with seven bands battling it out on the night. ‘In the Red’, a band formed with members of Johnstaff were crowned the Sydney champions.
WSP’s Mike Fleet has helped organise the Sydney event since its inception, and believes the interactive and relaxed format of the night is what makes it so successful.
He said, “Band members love the opportunity to let their hair down and pretend they are rock stars for the night, while the audience can enjoy a relaxed environment with industry peers and cheer along to support their favourite band for the Audience Vote prize.”
Melbourne held its second event in October and four bands competed on the night, with some of the music industry’s finest to help out. Alan Brough (of Spicks and Specks fame) was the MC for the night and also provided judging alongside Dave Williams (drummer from Augie March), Paulie Stewart (lead singer from Painters & Dockers) and musician Liam Gerner. The Clash Detectors, formed from members of Wood and Grieve Engineers won the Melbourne event.
Construction Rocks is sponsored by WSP on a global level, with support from industry organisations for each event. It was first launched in our London office in 2008 and has since expanded around the globe with events being led by WSP offices in Gothenburg, Washington DC, Auckland, Sydney and Melbourne.
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