High standards set at Battle of the Bands first heat

Heat 1 winners in Battle of the Bands 2016 were Phoebe & Jay
Heat 1 winners in Battle of the Bands 2016 were Phoebe & Jay
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This year’s Battle of the Bands competition got under way with a bang at Watlington Social Club on Saturday night, writes Jon Seymour.

Given the unenviable task of getting things under way were rock duo Dog Fight.

Consisting of just an electric guitar and a drummer it shouldn’t have worked as well as it did, but having the ingenuity to feed the guitar through both a bass and a guitar amp helped that a lot. Largely playing their own material, they set the bar very high, and had a great mix of styles in their repertoire. These guys have a lot of potential.

Acoustic acts sometimes have a job in these competitions, as it’s hard to compete with the full on rock bands. That didn’t stop Abbey Barwood giving it her all though. She seemed a little nervous to start with, but by the middle of her set she’d found her confidence and delivered a great performance and it was easy to see how much she enjoys performing.

Third on the bill was rock band Pretty Ace, consisting of four sisters aged 12 to 15. Again, there were some nerves at the start, and there were a few issues with timing, but these things come with practise.

They certainly look the part though, and have a very promising future. Their own material was extremely good. As someone put it, forget the Kings of Leon, we have the Queens of Lynn!

Last on the bill were acoustic duo Phoebe & Jay, who never fail to impress. Their mix of covers and originals was faultless, and flowed effortlessly. Jay has the gift of the gab and knows just how to work the crowd, and both of them injected some humour into the set.

Overall the standard was very high, and after much deliberation, it was Phoebe & Jay that took the honours of first band through to the next stage. What a way to kick things off.