Simon Benefer books place in Battle of the Bands semi-final

Battle of the Bands heat 6 winner was Simon Benefer
Battle of the Bands heat 6 winner was Simon Benefer

Heat Six of the Battle of the Bands saw us all converge on Palmer’s Ale House in Long Sutton. It provided an interesting setting as many of us hadn’t been before, myself included.

Soham De was the first act on the bill and what a way to start. His voice is deep and husky, and his guitar playing, finger picking and technique are nothing short of sublime. His song writing too is intelligent and he has a lot of talent to back it up.

Next up were Tantris, a trio that had travelled up from Ely to play in the competition. They played a very mixed set consisting of rockabilly, blues and rock. It went down well with the crowd, and their own material was particularly strong. For a band that’s been playing together for less than a year, they show a lot of promise.

It fell to Simon Benefer to continue the momentum, and his set of covers really went down well with the crowd. Simon is a well-rounded musician with a strong voice, and this was the first time I think I’ve heard him really let loose with his vocals, showing some real power, and a bigger range.

The final act to play, Take Aim, were coincidentally in heat six last year, playing their first ever live gig. What a difference a year has made. The band has grown in confidence, and they are starting to show some real presence. Honestly, there’s still a few rough edges to iron out, but they’re definitely on their way.

We’re getting towards the end now, with just a few more heats to go before the semi-finals in May, and the competition is getting exciting. Simon Benefer was tonight’s victor, and has booked himself a place next month. See you in Chicagos in Lynn tonight for heat 7.