Epic 24-hour challenge to test Battle of the Bands winners

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Tonight, one of Norwich’s up-and-coming bands will be stamping their folk sound all over West Norfolk as they attempt to play 24 Gigs in 24 Hours to collect presents for the KLFM Toy Appeal.

This year’s Battle of the Bands competition winners, Addison’s Uncle will be playing Father Christmas as they play 24 gigs in various venues, collecting presents for youngsters at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital along the way.

Lead vocalist and acoustic guitar player, Philip Pearson, said: “It’s sort of a mental idea really and it’s proving to be a bit of a logistical nightmare. But it just sounded like such a great idea to collect toys for charity and it feels like such a nice thing to do.

“Addison’s Uncle and much of our music was inspired by my nephew, who lives in America with my brother. I don’t get to deliver the presents to him and see him open them, so it will be nice to see the smiles on the faces of these children as you make their Christmas.”

Organiser Triston Finnis said: “Starting at The Woolpack in Lynn at 9pm, the band will be making their way around Bar Red and Dr Thirsty’s. We then support those wonderful SOS Safe Haven people before heading back out of town to play at the fire station, then for nightshift workers and Tesco’s.

“Saturday morning sees us visit the winner of the ‘Gig in your Lounge’ where we perform for the person that has pledged the most interesting and worthy gift or donation.”

The musical journey then turns to KLFM, where the band pick up Christmas sacks to collect presents for the KLFM toy appeal while performing in the Vancouver Quarter, Norfolk Hospice Tapping House, Bar Social and The Rathskellar.

Triston added: “We’ll also be performing for the Town Council Wheelchair Ralley in the Tuesday Market Place before the first-ever musical performance at the police station. We then head out to Sainsburys, Arbuckles, The Downham Club, Watlington Sports and Social Club, and Archers. The challenge finishes with a grand finale back at The Woolpack!”

Philip said: “We’ll be playing for 20 minutes in each venue. Timing-wise it’s going to be interesting – it’s going to be a real challenge, but I don’t want it to be easy.”

Those hosting the 24 Hour challenge have all been asked to contribute £100 to the KLFM Charitable Trust, but the band will also be coming to one lucky household for a special folk breakfast.

Listen to Simon Rowe from 4pm on Friday to place your pledge – it can be anything from money to a simple good deed. One lucky winner will have Addisons Uncle perform in their lounge.

Keep up to date with their journey on the Twisted Melon Promotions Facebook and Twitter pages.

We’re going to vary the sets and might even throw a couple of Christmas songs in there as well. We only have time to play four songs in each place, so we want to mix it up.”