DIMAPUR, Dec 9: Avora Records from Aizawl, Mizoram were declared winners of this year’s Hornbill International Rock Contest 2017, ahead of The Prophets also from Aizawl and Perfect Stick Figure Illustrations from Gangtok, Who were placed 1st and 2nd runners-up respectively.

The grand finale saw the top nine bands out of the total 22 bands performing to a packed capacity crowd at the Agri Expo Site at 4th Mile, Dimapur. The winning band Avora Records, walked away richer with a cash prize of ₹10 lakh, while The Prophets and Perfect Stick Figure Illustrations pocketed cash prizes of ₹5 lakh and ₹3.5 lakh respectively. The three winners won sound gear gift hampers from Artist Aloud.

Prizes for the individual categories carried a cash reward of ₹25000 sponsored by Hero MotoCorp in addition to music gears from Marshall Amplifications. The winners in the individual categories are:

Best Vocalist – Ronnie, The Prophets (Aizawl)

Best Guitarist- Ruata Renthlei, Avora Records (Aizawl)

Best Bassist- Gordon, The Prophets (Aizawl)

Best Drummer- John Raj Swami, Highway 69 (Ranchi)

Yellow Beacon won the best band in the local category and pocketed a cash prize of ₹1 lakh sponsored by Case Construction.

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