So this is it! After five months, 115 musicians, 40 acts, 11 judges, seven venues and 11 shows we now arrive at Downham Town Hall for the final.
This Sunday, one winner will be crowned Twisted Melon Battle Of The Bands champion 2016.
Triston Finnis, of Twisted Melon Promotions, writes: “They will perform at Festival Too on Saturday, July 9, supporting Gabrielle then on Saturday, August 6, they will perform as main support at the Holbeach Music and Beer Festival.
“If that’s not enough, the amazing Capsize Audio will be providing recording time for the lucky winner.
“The runner-up this year will perform on what could be the busiest ever night at Festival Too supporting The Vamps on Saturday, July 2.
“Even the venues that hosted the heats are involved, all being represented by their heat winners. The winning venue will receive a VIP package at this year’s Festival Too event.”
Tickets for the final can be purchased from www.twistedmelon.bigcartel.com for only £3 with all ages welcome.
There will be hot food available and a licensed bar. Doors open at 3pm.
Here’s a guide to the six finalists:
AMONG THE CITIZENS
Representing Watlington Sports & Social Club.
Among The Citizens are John Gooding (guitar/lead vocal), Ollie Green (bass/backing vocal), Christy Hoyles (lead guitar/backing vocal) and James McGonigle (drums/backing vocal).
The lads are a new four-piece Indie alternative band aged between 16-17 from the Peterborough area. Their musical influences are mainly based on favourite bands such as The Arctic Monkeys, The 1975, Swim Deep, The White Stripes and many more.
Representing Downham Market Club.
Sacred Nations are a young four-piece band, made up of Cam (vocals/guitar), Ed (keyboard), Frazer (drums) and Dylan (lead guitar). They are all studying music at college and are passionate about a career in this field.
Two of the band enjoyed being finalists in the Battle of the Bands comp 2015 and as a three-piece won KL.FM Simply Acoustic 2015.
They are working hard in the rehearsal room developing their own material and some imaginative covers.
Their sound is upbeat and powerful lead by melodic keyboard, rich blues lead guitar, resonating vocals and captivating drums. There are plans for a first originals EP this year.
CHEST OF POGS
Representing Terrington King William.
Chest Of Pogs are Tom Watson (vocals), Ross Woodhouse (rhythm guitar/backing vocals, Scott Hunter (lead guitar/rhythm guitar/backing vocals), Niall Jacka (bass) and Jamie Nuttall (drums).
Formed in October 2010 as an idea designed to satisfy Tom’s desire to be in a band, which his friends indulged him with, but since then its been nothing but good times.
The original line-up changed with Niall replacing Liam on bass and Scott eventually replacing Adam on lead guitar after a few months playing with deps - but the idea remained the same ... to entertain!
MAMMAL NOT FISH
Representing Watlington Sports & Social Club
Mammal Not Fish are Davey Whales (lead vocals/guitar), Benji Parker (bass/vocals), Joe Greenacre (drums) and James ‘Peach’ Maas (lead guitar).
Blending Indie rock with undertones of funk and reggae, Mammal Not Fish are a new four-piece band from Norwich.
Although having been friends for some time, the boys of M’n’F only joined forces late 2015 and have been playing and working tirelessly non-stop since.
Their individual styles blend together and complement each other beautifully to create a unique, crisp and original sound. With funky riffs, driving bass lines, catchy lyrics and rhythms you can’t help dancing to, this is one band you are going to want to see live.
These guys love to perform and their passion and love of music is unparalleled. Their brand new EP is available now.
Representing The Wildfowler, Gayton Road.
Finding Ana are Andrew Girling (rhythm guitar and lead vocals), Andy Webster (lead guitar and backing vocals), Dan Barnes (bass guitar) and Chris Argent (drums).
They are a four-piece alternative rock band from Cambridge. The guys also made it to this stage of the competition in 2015 just missing out on a place in the final.
They will be hoping to go all the way this year and this band’s amazing guitar work may be the key.
Representing Dr Thirstys, King’s Lynn.
Kat Brittain is a singer-songwriter from Lynn. After a number of years performing other people’s tunes at other people’s gigs, Kat is now ready to launch her own original music with an unstoppable ten-piece band. Kat’s music is an infusion of all of her influences, giving you a cocktail of pop, soul, swing and down right catchy, fresh music.
Each song is fit to burst with tasty vocal harmonies, saucy horn parts and melodic guitar. Kat Brittain and her band deliver a big sound and a big performance so wear your comfy shoes on Sunday because they’re guaranteed to get you moving!