A Lynn pub was packed with music-lovers for Sunday’s heat of the fourth Battle of the Bands competition – organisers were thrilled to see the best turnout and atmosphere yet.
The fourth heat of this year’s competition, which will see the winners and runners up performing in front of thousands at Festival Too, took place at The Fenman Freehouse.
Organiser Triston Finnis said: “This is our fourth year and after almost 40 heats, Sundays offering at the Fenman Freehouse was arguably the best ever! The venue was filled to the rafters and the audience were treated to some of the best acts ever to grace the competition.
“All five bands wowed the judges with two acts progressing to the semi-finals. Addison’s Uncle’s original story-telling, foot-stamping folk and The East Angles Brass Bands’ New Orleans-style of funky brassy soul will now play the final at Lynn’s Corn Exchange.” He added: “Credit must also go to Gifford, Disabled Angel and Dead Horse who might have progressed themselves in any other heat!”
The competition doesn’t stop there, this Saturday will see Battle of the Bands heading back out of Lynn to the newly-extended Watlington Sports and Social Club.
Triston said: “As usual the gig is free entry and as a special touch the club committee have decided to hold a raffle with the proceeds being donated to a charity of the winning acts’ choice.”
The first of the four acts competing are Flashback Photograph, a four-piece folk rock group based in Peterborough, with vocalist and guitarist Gary Lee Ward, bassist and ukulele player Scott Robert Brown, drummer and percussionist Iain Clark and Matt Worthington on the ukulele, harmonica and banjo.
Fazed are a young West Norfolk based rock and pop act who just setting out on the local music scene.
Phoenix Calling Phoenix started out in July 2012 and have already shared the stage with the likes of The First, We Are Fiction, Tu Amore and Fights and Fires. The band headlined the main stage at Willow Festival 2013 and played the BBC Introducing Stage at Cambridge Rock Fest after releasing their single Bring The Roof Down earlier this year.
New alternative, synth-rock band, Common Youth, are based in Lynn and Peterborough. The five band members are long-time friends who decided to pool their talents to create a distinct and interesting new sound. Their debut EP, Whilst You’re Young, is set to be released on Monday and fuses rock with pop melodies, synth hooks and with catchy choruses.