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Kaves win Battle of the Bands final at Duke’s Head

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Kaves took the Lynn Duke’s Head Hotel honours as the Battle of the Bands competition reached its climax on Sunday.

After several months, 10 heats, and two semi-finals, it came down to one last performance for the six acts on the bill.

The Hot One Two got proceedings underway, and their brand of punchy classic rock was the perfect way to get things going. This band have an evident chemistry, and their performances are always full of energy, and they obviously enjoy what they do. The bar was set very high.

Two-piece Eluders had the unenviable task of following on, but they more than rose to the challenge. I’m still unsure how they manage to produce such a massive noise with only two members, and they do it so well. They delivered a set full of attitude, and raw power.

The only solo performer left in the competition stepped into the spotlight in the shape of Anthony Rubery. He has a real swagger, and his delivery was flawless.

With one of the members of Settlem3nt stepping in as DJ, the set was both exciting and intriguing to watch.

Taking us past the half-way point were Kaves.

Kaves: Photo: Jon Seymour (11731907)
Kaves: Photo: Jon Seymour (11731907)

They’re a very tight unit, and they feed off each other throughout their entire set, although at times it seems like the members are separate entities, each having a unique character which makes for a captivating performance.

The penultimate act were Light Skies Darken, opening with a Deep Purple cover, before launching into a set of their own material. The pace didn’t let up throughout, and they certainly rewrote the definition of “power trio” with a faultless performance.

Closing were Settlem3nt, a rock four-piece that ensured the evening ended the way it had started. They were loud, brash, and a whole heap of fun. If the band are having a good time, that almost always spills into the audience.

The judges tallied up the scores to determine which acts were going to take the two available slots at Festival Too. Light Skies Darken took the runner-up slot and will play the main stage on Saturday, July 6, and outright winners were Kaves, who will play on Saturday, July 13.


The standard gets higher every year, and personally, I can’t wait for next year’s competition, but for now bring on Festival Too!

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