Battle of the Bands heads to King's Lynn
Tonight (Friday) at 7.30pm the 2019 Twisted Melon Battle of the Bands heads to The Wildfowler in King's Lynn for heat five.
Acts battling it out are from Peterborough, Norwich, Bury St Edmunds and North Norfolk.
They perform a diverse mix of genres from pop/punk, indie, rock & electronic. As usual it’s free entry and all ages are welcome.
Cubans & Cognac are an alternative rock act from Peterborough and are Rob Trevor (lead vocals), Dan Nufrio (lead guitar & backing vocals), Jack Parkinson (bass) and Toby Bass (drums & backing vocals).
The Night Therapy were a two-piece when making it through the 2018 BOTB heats. This year they’re back as a three-piece electronic act performing original material. TNT are Jamie Grainger, Simon Jelley and vocalist Carly Anne Rose.
Trio Pink Lemonade, drawing influences from icons such as Avril Lavigne and Madonna, were voted ‘Audience Choice Award’ winners at The NMG Awards 2018, performing at the Cambridge Junction and ‘Big Weekend’ festival this year.
They released their debut single ‘Space Girl’ in October.
Code Of Conduct is a three-piece comprising Jay Vickery, Tom DiPatri and Oli Highton, whose influences are diverse: from punk rock, country rock to funk.
An extremely busy weekend of heats began with heat two at Downham Market Club, and with a few changes to the billed line-up.
First up were acoustic duo Barstool Angels who blasted their way through a set of well-known covers, and some not so well-known, and certainly got the crowd warmed up.
Following them were Eluders, an electric duo of guitar and drums, who performed at last year’s Festival Too. They’ve come a long way since then, and their performance belied their young age.
Punk trio Fyzz Wallis Band lightened the mood. With a great set of cheeky songs (along with some audience participation), and attitude, they certainly made their mark.
Final act were rock covers band The Echo Chamber. They played a wide variety of songs, including some unusual covers, and some very brave song choices too.
After the judges’ scores were tallied, the result ended in a draw between Eluders and The Echo Chamber and both bands progress to the semi-finals later this year.
Onto Saturday at a busy Watlington Social Club, first on the stage were Cambs rock act Powderhead, finalists last year and with an extremely tight performance.
Second act drawn were Light Skies Darken, with a wizard of a guitarist joined by brother and sister, Ruben on drums and 16 year-old Lizzy on superb vocals. Penultimate act were the incredibly energetic Telling Truths, a indie rock act from Norwich.
Finally, Peterborough act Call To The Faithful followed, who filled the dance floor in a great end to the night.
Powderhead were crowned winners.
Final heat of the weekend was a second solo/duo show in the incredible setting of The Yurt in Thornham. Open Mic UK winner Fiona Harber was an ultimate professional with an incredible vocal.
Matty G & Li’l Winter were very close to the knuckle but still great fun. The very different Slava B, a Russian solo rock act based in Wisbech, needs a bigger stage so look out for him in the band event.
Next was Adam Thomas, who has a really interesting and cool percussive guitar style. Last drawn was Lily-Ann, front woman of last year’s full band runners-up The Visitors, who is a star in the making.
Progressing to the final were Lily-Ann, Adam Thomas and Fiona Harber.
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