It’s back. Battle of the Bands 2016 gets under way on Saturday with the opening heat at Watlington Sports and Social Club starting at 7.30pm.
And Triston Finnis, of Twisted Melon Promotions, tells us: “If last year’s heat there is anything to go by, it’s sure to be a great gig.
“The event is now in its sixth year and promises to be the biggest yet.
“Some very well-known names on the local music scene are past winner: Jessie’s Ghost (2011), I Am The Dice (2012), The Brink & Whole Lotta Hair (2013), Addisons Uncle (2014) and Morganway (2015).
“This year we have some amazing prizes as the winner and runner-up get to perform on the main stage in front of thousands at this summer’s Festival Too.
“We are also pleased to announce the highest placed solo/duo acoustic act also wins a slot on the main stage at Festival Too.
“The winners also receive recording time with Capsize Audio Productions, band equipment, band merchandise and a professional photoshoot.
“As if that’s not enough, every heat winner receives airtime on KL.FM 96.7, an absolute sure fire way to get your act heard by thousands.”
In the heats, the acts play a 30-minute set and are then given feedback by the judging panel consisting of music industry professionals, music journalists and Festival Too committee members.
The winning act then progresses to the live KL.FM on-air semi-final and ultimately to the final at Lynn Corn Exchange final.
Here’s the line-up for Heat One at Watlington:
Dog Fight: Dog Fight are a young rock and blues duo from Swaffham. They are Callum Granger on guitar and vocals and Reuben Cocksedge on drums. If you like big riffs, catchy hooks and beast drums look no further, these are the boys for you. The lads perform popular rock covers as well as plenty of their own material.
Pretty Ace: Pretty Ace are an all-girl band consisting of four sisters from Emneth. Martine, who is 16, plays lead guitar and backing vocals; Tyeshia is 15 and is lead vocalist and also plays guitar; Montana is 13 and plays bass guitar and Ceira is 12 and plays drums.
This young band are already well-gigged, performing at private parties and also a couple of festivals for charity. Their music is diverse, playing a wide range of genres and eras; they also have a couple of their own songs with more in the pipeline and are hoping to record a small album sometime this year.
Abbey Barwood: Abbey is only 16 but is already an experienced performer playing sets across Norfolk and Lincolnshire. She writes and performs her own music as well as covering a wide range of artists across many genres including pop, punk, indie and rock.
Phoebe & Jay: 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.