The first heat of KLFM’s Battle of the Bands competition saw a Terrington pub packed out on Saturday night and tonight it’s back to Lynn’s Maid’s Head for round two.
Twisted Melon Promotions kicked off the proceedings at The King William Pub with the first four acts ready to brave the stage with hopes of winning the grand prize of performing on the final night of Festival Too.
Triston Finnis, of Twisted Melon Promotions, said: “The decision had been made this year to take some of the heats out of town, giving a few local villages a sample of the vibrant Lynn music scene.
“The King William at Terrington were the hosts of Heat 1 and the revellers could have been forgiven for expecting a slightly more chilled event. How wrong could they have been as the first act of 2014’s competition, 16-year-old Dion Gunn performed to a packed venue.”
Next up were Ciaran Liam’s Useless Homeless Shelter and Sally Ann Pottle, who the judges said could have won on any other night after showing huge improvement.
Triston said: “Finally it was the turn of Will B and his distinctive Hofner Semi Acoustic. The singer-songwriter performed a fantastic mix of originals and his own unique versions of covers.
“As well as wowing the fans, the judges were impressed enough to give Will B top scores and the first semi-final slot of the year.”
The winner from each heat progresses to the live, on air, semi-final hosted by KL.FM Breakfast Show’s Adam Newstead. Listeners will vote for their top three acts, with the judging panel choosing the other three to perform at the final.
The winner will also win recording time, a photo shoot, band merchandise, and slots at other music events including the Peterborough Willow Festival.
Naomi Schrier, from the King William, said: “We thought all the performances where really good. The feedback from our customers said it was a brillant night with a very good atmosphere.
“Looking forward to next year so much so we have already booked our heat!”
Tonight will see the next round of acts performing in heat two at The Maid’s Head, from 8pm.
Former Battle Of The Bands finalists, Vex, return to the competition after a year out hoping their newest member, Sam Cook, can give them the edge to finally go all the way.
Sam won the competition last year with joint winners, Whole Lotta Hair.
The band will be performing alongside female fronted four-piece acoustic Lynn act, Hush, talented Wisbech youngsters, The Legacy, Cambridgeshire based pop act, Jupiter Falls, and local acoustic act Kirk Heathfield.
The event is free entry with all ages welcome.