Rockers who took part in the first band competition for local university students did not let their audience down, despite two bands withdrawing from the contest. Organised by the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology student union's Band Society, the competition Rock Revolution was one of the highlights of the university's first band festival. Although two of the seven bands withdrew for personal reasons, there was still a full house at the university's Exposition Hall. Five-man band L were crowned champions in the competition. They also grabbed the best original song award with Love. The last to perform in the contest and affected by sound system problems, the band seemed tense when they took to the stage. However, they found their groove within seconds. Guitarist Henry Cheung Kam-ho, 21, said: 'We didn't think that we would win as the other bands played so well. They are so cool!' One of the judges, Michael Lui Siu-fung, guitarist of indie band Blackwine, was impressed by the standard of participating bands. 'They were far better than I had imagined. They did not seem like university student bands.' With time and effort, the bands could have promising futures, he said. Champions L will be invited to perform at the Band Society's annual event, to be held at Ko Shan Theatre on Thursday. They will join a line-up which includes Jun Kung and groups such as Uncle Joe, Blackwine and Utopia.