The music in the SoundBase Festival Acoustic Band Competition didn't get the audience dancing wildly, but it did provide an evening of mellow and catchy tunes. Seventeen finalists performed a wide range of styles, from pop, blues and country to bossa nova, folk and rock using guitars, saxophones, drums, violins and other acoustic instruments. The competition, launched in 2000, is regarded as one of the most significant local band contests. Candle, a church band formed by a group of young people and their mentor, won the top prize with their self-titled pop song in the final, held at Sheung Wan Civic Centre last Sunday. The six band members were shocked when the presenter announced that they had won. 'It's unbelievable! It's hard to believe,' said vocalist and composer Douglas Lee, with a surprised grin. 'We never thought we would win any prize. We were here just for fun.' The pop song they played was written by Lee, the youngsters' mentor, a year ago. Lee said the lyrics encouraged young people to make a contribution to society. The band won $5,000 for their efforts. Trio Ultrastatic won the silver prize for their original folk song You've Got Me Wondering. And B2B, consisting of brothers Shawn and Karl Wong, won the bronze prize with their cover of X Japan's Voiceless Screaming. A Company's A Trip To Fly and CS2's Wish You Happy won the best original songs, while Leaven's vocalist-pianist Janice Yan and Garoupa's vocalist-guitarist Alex Sommerville won the awards for individual best performances.