Five acts for Heat 5 of Battle of the Bands

Pedlar are a classic rock covers band
Pedlar are a classic rock covers band
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Watlington Sports and Social Club is hosting Heat 5 of Twisted Melon’s Battle of The Bands on Easter Sunday – and it looks to be a cracker of a gig.

Triston Finnis of Twisted Melon Promotions said: “We’re almost at the half-way point with some amazing acts already through to the semi-finals.

Davey Whales of 'Mammal not Fish

Davey Whales of 'Mammal not Fish

“Phoebe and Jay, Chasin Vegas, Kat Brittain, Event Horizon, Sacred Nations and Chest Of Pogs have already earned KL.FM Radio air play and continue on the road to Festival Too.

“Five new acts from Norwich, Peterborough, Swaffham and King’s Lynn will perform 30-minute sets to our judging panel with one progressing to the semis.

“In store is another diverse set of musicians giving us an evening of indie, rock, pop, acoustic, funk and reggae.

“The event is free entry and is family-friendly. It all kicks off at 7pm and with a 10-minute and under £3 return train journey from Lynn or Downham, there no excuse to not make a day of it.”

Heat 5 hopeful Isabella Rose Smith

Heat 5 hopeful Isabella Rose Smith

The full line-up:


This group features 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.

Norwich-based Chris Pidgeon

Norwich-based Chris Pidgeon


Pedlar are a classic rock covers band, doing songs by AC/DC, Thin Lizzy, Deep Purple and all manner of 70s rock legends. The band have headlined the Thetford and District MCC rally two years running and are also headlining it this year. They gig in Norwich, Dereham, Swaffham and Lynn. Pedlar are a five-piece band including A A, the best lead guitarist in Norfolk voted by the Brickmakers in Norwich.


Among The Citizens are John Gooding (guitar/lead vocal), Ollie Green (bass/backing vocal), Christy Hoyles (lead guitar/backing vocal) and James McGonigle (drums/backing vocal).

Indie alternative band 'Among the Citizens

Indie alternative band 'Among the Citizens

The lads are a new four-piece indie alternative band aged between 16-17 from the Peterborough area. Their musical influences are mainly based on their favourite bands such as the Arctic Monkeys, The 1975, Swim Deep, the White Stripes and many more.


Chris is a Norwich-based singer songwriter. He performs an original set of storytelling folk/rock songs with his very distinctive style. Hes has performed a number of local festivals and has also supported many chart acts at the Norwich waterfront including Festival Too favourites Heaven 17, Jah Wobble and Ben Ottewell of Gomez.

Chris already has some fantastic confirmed slots this summer including Bugjam at Santa Pod and Alive and V Dubbin at Jimmy’s Farm.


Isabella was due to perform in Heat 4 but unfortunately felt under the weather at the event. We are very pleased to have her back for Heat 5.

A 16-year-old singer/songwriter from West Norfolk,she covers a variety of artists but also writes her own material. Her influences are folk and pop.

Although Isabella is still at a young age she is an extremely accomplished musician and in the few years she’s been performing has played many gigs and festivals.