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This Sunday we head back to Shucks At The Yurt in Thornham for the Twisted Melon Battle Of The Bands ‘Stripped Back’ final.

The winner earns the right to perform at the BBC Introducing evening at this summer’s Festival Too.

It all kicks off at 4pm with each act performing a 30-minute ‘stripped back’ set.


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Skye and Sophie (1946205)

Skye & Sophie are a 15-year-old singer/songwriting duo from Brentwood, Essex. Sophie is currently a finalist in Factor EsseX competition. She recently joined forces with fellow singer Skye to form this exciting young musical duo. They wowed the judges in their heat with great vocals and amazing harmonies.


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Emily Blake and Jamie Addison are an acoustic duo and also part of 80’s cover band Neon. As well as singing Emily is a professional presenter, plus size model and Miss British Beauty Curve 2014/15.

Performing is Emily’s passion, whether it is presenting, strutting down a catwalk or singing.

Emily inspires confidence through her modelling work and social media presence. She won an award for empowering women and recently won the Curvy Model award at the Afro Model Awards and Best Female Model at the International Achievers Awards.

Jamie is an established Lynn musician who has played in a number of local bands. He is no stranger to Battle Of The Bands, making it to the main final in 2012 and also last year’s acoustic final with Emily.


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India-Rose is a 19-year-old multi-instrumentalist from Lynn.

She is most content when she performs with her guitar and voice.

Having started writing music at the age of 11, India-Rose’s collection of original material is continuously growing. Having been inspired by artists such as Jeff Buckley, powerful vocals and a wide range of pitches are mandatory in India-Rose’s performances.

Volunteering with West Norfolk Mind and performing to raise money for the charity is one of her passions, a highlight being where she supported the lead singer from Deaf Havana, James Veck-Gilodi, twice at a Mind event.

India-Rose is currently writing music for an EP which she will be recording and releasing this year, taking different characteristics from genres such as rock, indie and classical – but continuing to strive for originality, experimenting with her voice and using it to its full potential.


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Chloe is a 12-year-old singer/songwriter originally from Madras, Oregon, who now lives in the UK.

Chloe has released a CD ‘Beneath The Skies’ to raise funds for the War Child charity.

This young singer wowed the judges with her thoughtful songwriting ability and amazing vocal.


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Decades (1946262)

Decades are predominantly an acoustic trio – Liam McCabe on guitar and backing vocals, Linda Slater on lead vocals and on percussion, Lewis McCabe.

A Downham Market covers band they enjoy the same love for music. However, after just over a year performing together, they are evolving as a band with Linda adding bass to some tracks and also an original added to their accomplished set.

Can be found playing in venues from Cambridge to Hunstanton.


Music promoters Matthew Sanctuary (right) and Warren Winter (left) with two fans (1946207)
Music promoters Matthew Sanctuary (right) and Warren Winter (left) with two fans (1946207)

Matty G and Li’l Winter are a unique and original ukulele/keyboard based duo from Lynn.

Established in August 2011 they write and perform original music, with song writing based around news stories, current affairs and politics.

Don’t expect it to all be ‘doom and gloom’ as Matty G and Li’l Winter put a tongue-in-cheek comedy edge to each of their catchy songs.

Though writing and performing since 2011, things really took off for Matty G & Li’l Winter in 2015 when they were invited to perform a support slot for the infamous ‘K**T And The Gang’.

Upon the band’s tour the following year they were insistent that Matty G & Li’l Winter support them yet again on their visit to Norfolk.

In December 2016 Matty G & Li’l Winter began recording their EP in collaboration with HOPS Records, released in March-April 2017.

They are currently planning a mini tour and numerous festival performances in the summer.

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