Four months, 115 musicians, 40 acts, ten judges, seven venues, nine shows… and that was just the heats!
Now things really hot up as 12 become six before one winner is crowned Twisted Melon Battle Of The Bands champion 2016.
Triston Finnis, of Twisted Melon, writes: “Last night (Thursday) 12 acts showcased their talents on KL.FM 96.7. Straight after the show the voting page opened allowing you the public to vote for the acts you’d like to see at Festival Too. Head over to http://www.klfm967.co.uk/local-info/battle-of-the-bands-2016/ to cast your vote.
“Those results are then carried forward and added to the judges’ scores at the live semi-finals over the next two Sundays.
“This Sunday from 4pm Twisted Melon heads to Chicago’s on Norfolk Street, Lynn for the first semi-final.
“But it won’t be Chicago’s as we know it! The event is free entry, all ages are welcome and there will be some very special drinks offers for the grown-ups.
“Sacred Nations, Kat Brittain, Couch, Phoebe & Jay, Mammal Not Fish and Amy Palmer compete for three final slots.
“We are also pleased to introduce two new judges to the panel with Sean Taylor organiser of the Holbeach Music & Beer Festival and Mark Ringer the main man of the massive three-venue Willow Festival. Both of these incredible festivals are part of the winner’s prize pot.
“This year its not only the acts that win, its the venue too. Each act is represented by the venue it qualified from. Those lovely people at Festival Too have donated a prize pot for the winning venue which includes VIP access at Festival Too, Festival Too t-shirts and wristbands.”
Here’s a run-down on Sunday’s six acts:
SACRED NATIONS 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 our 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.
AMY PALMER representing Downham Market Club.
Amy Palmer is a vocalist/guitarist and pianist who, despite her young age, is still a very very seasoned performer.
Amy is also part of the acoustic band with Ryan Hall called The Legacy, Amy who attends Springwood High School in Lynn started to sing at the age of seven, She then went on to learn the guitar with Jazz and now still plays with Tommy Loose, She also learns piano with Sofia Ezequiel, She has played many gigs on her own and part of a band and duo alongside Ryan, She opened up the Jazz Ball Charity Fest with the band Notorious 4 and Many More.
PHOEBE & JAY representing Watlington Sports & Social Club.
Phoebe York is a Norfolk singer songwriter who performs with her fiancé Jay Harrison another accomplished singer songwriter. They perform an eclectic mix of originals and classic covers. Phoebe provides the main vocal while Jay compliments the act with harmonies and guitar.
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 is a fresh new four-piece band born 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.
KAT BRITTAIN representing Dr Thirstys, 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 band including backing singers and brass section. Kat Brittain’s music is an infusion of all of her influences, giving you a cocktail of pop, soul, swing and downright catchy, fresh music. Each song is fit to burst with tasty vocal harmonies and melodic guitar.
COUCH representing Downham Market Club.
Couch are Chris Wooden (guitar/lead vocals), Andy Dorsett (guitar/lead vocals, Bradel Maguire (bass/vocals), Mark Thaxter (drums/vocals).
Formed back in 2012 in the sleepy village of Rougham, this Norwich based pop-punk band also entered the competition back in 2013 and had a great run making the final Battle Of The Bands. Probably best described as a band with all the good bits from Bowling For Soup and McFly.