Folk and funk win the West Norfolk Battle for Festival slot

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After a tense final full of incredible local talent, folk group Addison’s Uncle stole the title of Battle of the Bands Winners 2014 and are all set to play Festival Too.

The lively act will be warming up the crowd on the final night of Lynn’s Festival Too, in their highly coveted support slot for Scouting For Girls.

Aaren Bennett, of Addison’s Uncle, said: “The whole competition was great, we’re lucky enough to get through that let alone get to play at the Corn Exchange for the final!

“It was fantastic to see such a diverse array of acts perform.

“The atmosphere of Festival Too is going to be excellent, we’re all really looking forward to throwing ourselves into it!”

Organiser Triston Finnis, of Twisted Melon Promotions, said: “In all the years I’ve been involved with the local music scene, there’s never been an act like this on the Festival Too stage, or indeed performing in the town.

“It’s stampy folk music that will turn your head no matter what genre you’re into.

“A combination of intelligent song writing, fantastic musicianship and a enigmatic storytelling frontman who will keep you hooked for the whole set.”

The final saw strong competition in the form of Addison’s Uncle, Vex, Phoenix Calling, From The Sticks, Common Youth and The Indie 500’s, but in the end, Vex took the runner-up slot by just one point.

But fans of the cover band will not find them performing at Festival Too this weekend, instead Phoenix Calling will take their place.

Triston added: “Vex’s energetic dance/funk cover set just edged original rock act Phoenix Calling by a single point.

Both completely different acts that equally smashed their sets and had the Corn Exchange crowd mesmerised.

Phoenix Calling will now support Aswad this Saturday as Vex have a prior commitment.

“Common Youth, From The Sticks and The Indie 500’s all performed fantastic sets and played a massive part in making this final the best ever.”

A busy crowd made for a lively night at the final Battle of the Bands for 2014 as they sang and danced along with each of the acts.

Triston said: “This was my fourth year running Battle Of The Bands under the Twisted Melon banner and I have to say has been the most enjoyable yet.

“Every year I come away thinking how on earth are we going to find enough new bands for next year’s competition.

“Some acts come back year on year like our runners-up, but ultimately we have to find at least 20 new acts.

“Vex proved it’s worth returning after the massively improved and polished act finished second.

“And we see old faces in new bands, as we did with winners Addison’s Uncle, but we also have the pleasure of introducing completely new, exciting acts to Lynn, as we did with Phoenix Calling.”

Judge Rose Newdick, of KL.FM, said: “I’ve been involved with the Battle of the Bands for a number of years and can confidently say this is the strongest line up of finalists we have ever had.

“The judges had an amazingly difficult job choosing a winner especially as we were given the task of picking an overall winner from such a wide range of genres.”

Missed the final Battle? Catch Phoenix Calling performing at Festival Too this Saturday night, followed by Addison’s Uncle next Saturday.