Best of Halifax

Best Artist / Band To Dance To

Gold Winner The Mellotones

Silver Winner Asia & Nu Gruv

Bronze Winner Roxy & The Underground Soul Sound

In Malcolm Gladwell’s 2008 book about success, Outliers, he discusses the rule of 10,000 hours—as in, it takes that much time spent doing something to become a world-class expert in a particular skill. Venerable cover band The Mellotones acts as an unsuspecting case study for the rule presented by Gladwell, having honed an impeccable live show over the past 20-plus years. The group’s bassist Mike Farrington says it all comes back to “picking the kind of music everybody likes—right now, we’ve been doing an instrumental of the Jackson Five’s ‘Want You Back’—it’s one of the best riffs of all time. The second people hear it, it’s guaranteed to fill the dance floor.”

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