Battle of the Bands heat five saw scenes reminiscent of Watstock as music-lovers of all ages turned out in their droves to support the acts as they competed for a place in the semi-finals.
Watlington Sports and Social Club was packed with fans aged from 14 to 70 watching on as synth-rock acts took on pop and rock acts for the chance to win a performance slot at Lynn’s Festival Too.
Organiser Triston Finnis said: “The village of Watlington has not witnessed a great live music event like this since Watstock! For one night, Watlington Sports and Social Club was turned into a fantastic little music venue, packed to the rafters.”
For the second heat in a row, the judges were unable to find an outright winner with both Phoenix Calling and Common Youth progressing to the semi-finals.
Triston said: “Common Youth wowed the judges with their energetic alternative synth-rock which had the whole crowd bouncing. Phoenix Calling progressed despite their drummer pulling out at the last minute due to illness.
“They performed as a stripped back four-piece managing to transform their banging rock set into an acoustic master class.”
He added: “A special mention must go out to Fazed – the young three-piece act, all 15 and under, who overcame their nerves to put in an amazing performance gaining huge praise from the judges.”
With barely a week to recover, heat six will see music-lovers and top acts returning to The Fenman Freehouse in Lynn for another huge event that organisers hope will rival the bank holiday bash.
Triston said: “This Sunday we return to The Fenman Freehouse to see who will join Will B, Vex, The Mojo Slide, Addisons Uncle, East Angles Brass Band, Common Youth and Phoenix Calling in the semi-finals.
“This heat promises to be as diverse as our previous bank holiday heat with both original and cover acts performing genres including rock, pop, indie, folk and even hip-hop.”
Last year’s semi-finalists, Secret From Richard give a polished and dynamic stab at alternative rock, with the odd excursion into indie progressive. A whiff of Biffy Clyro in places, but boasting a very unique sound, with lots of hooks to hold your attention.
Jay Harrison makes a triumphant return to the West Norfolk rock scene with his new band, Renegade. The former Birkenhed and Under The Influence drummer and bass player returns with a few of his mates playing the songs they love.
Originally an acoustic folk-rock band, The Wildfires cover everything from acoustic, folk and blues, to jazz, funk and pop.
Lynn friends, vocalist Louisa Maddison, Tim Sheard on keys, trumpeter Fergus Pateman, bassist Josh Sheard, drummer Jamie Blowers, guitarist and vocalist Nathan Bowerman formed the band at the end of last year.
The Indie 500’s are a Norwich-based indie cover band made up of members of successful original act and former Battle Of The Bands finalists Kings and Crows.
KC are Norfolk’s number one online hip-hop act who mix genres and styles to create their own unique hip-hop sound tackling all subjects from war to depression, love to obsession. The act released their album, An Uncommercial Breakdown, and singles in the US for Coast2Coast Mixtapes.
Triston said: “The first act goes on at 7pm sharp. Our last heat at the Fenman was a full house so arrive early to avoid disappointment. As with all Battle Of The Bands heats it’s free entry.”