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It’s hot stuff as Kaves and Lily Ann battle to success

It was a hot Bank Holiday weekend as the Wildfowler in Lynn hosted the penultimate full band heat of this year’s Twisted Melon Battle Of The Bands.

Four very different acts were on show. First up were Norwich four-piece Indie act Kaves.

They are energetic, with bundles of talent and a front woman with an unusual but incredible vocal. The bar had well and truly been set.

Next up were After Effect and this Ely-based rock act cranked it right up – a great band that reminded the judges of early Manic Street Preachers.

Third act of the evening was Riddle – a singer and songwriter of unique soulful pop tunes. He performs with his bandmate as a two-piece, with both guitars and programmed tracks.

Final act were Foreign Bier, a three-piece pop punk act from Norwich. These guys are both talented and fun, sticking up two fingers to a stuffy music industry.

The judges decided Kaves are the act progressing to the semis.


Sunday at the Yurt in Thornham saw the BOTB solo/duo final – an absolutely glorious day of sun, food, drink and incredible music.

Seven acts performed, providing the best talent on show in the three years this particular acoustic led part of the competition has been running.

Accomplished duo Emily & Jamie, percussive guitarist Adam Thomas, 14-year-old singer songwriter Maisie Mae, incredible vocalist Fiona Harber, ultimate entertainer Charlie Russell and the simply outstanding Simon Benefer all wowed the crowd and judges.

But another tiny, timid and unassuming act, Lily Ann – who made the Festival Too stage last year with her band The Visitors as runners-up in the full band competition – was named the solo/duo 2019 winner. So she’ll be back on the Festival Too stage as the first confirmed act for this year’s event.

Sunday’s crowd was mesmerised by her wonderful and haunting vocals and heartfelt lyrics telling of her experiences as a teenage girl in modern day society. It was very close but, in the end, Lily was a very worthy winner.

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