Last Saturday saw the penultimate heat of the 2016 Battle Of the Bands and it was quite a rocky and sweaty affair.
A packed Wildfowler on Gayton Road in Lynn was the perfect venue for the latest array of original and cover artists.
First up it was the only cover band of the evening, rock act Toasterfoot, fronted by singer-songwriter Sally Ann Pottle.
This was her first real gig with her new band and while she started nervously she finished with confidence. A talented group of musicians who with a little fine tuning and direction could be a big name on the local scene.
Next up was something completely different. Smoking With Indians are an original three-piece acoustic with two acoustic guitars and a frontman.
Although completely stripped back, the act is full of Britpop Manchester swagger from an act hailing from, wait for it, Clenchwarton.
Everything about it shouldn’t work but it wholeheartedly and completely does, an act I definitely want to see again.
Our third act up were semi-finalists last year. Finding Ana turned it up a couple of notches with their great songwriting and excellent musicianship. You know exactly what you’re going to get with Finding Ana and once again they delivered.
Our final act of the evening were Norwich-based Reckless Caution, another act I hadn’t witnessed live. After doing my homework and listening to a few of their tracks I expected a decent band however the live performance is completely different.
The energy of the frontman and the live sound turns this act into a completely different animal and one that needs to be witnessed as a live act.
After deliberation by the judging panel it was Finding Ana taking the honours and their place in the semi-final.