This weekend Battle Of The Bands returns to its ever-popular Sunday afternoon slot when Twisted Melon takes Heat 3 to West Winch for the first-ever show at the William Burt Social Club.
Triston Finnis of Twisted Melon writes: “This Sunday for one day only the club will be free entry and open to the general public, giving everyone a taster of what this great family-friendly venue has to offer.
“With a fantastic prize package as well as the draw of radio airplay on KL.FM and the chance of performing to thousands at Festival Too, the competition is now attracting acts from far and wide.
“Heat 3 is no exception with acts from Newport in Essex, and Norwich, joining local acts from Swaffham, Downham Market and Emneth.
“As it’s a Sunday afternoon – start time 3pm – we’ve squeezed in an extra act, so that’s five brilliant bands performing. If you add that to the cheap drinks and free entry to this lovely venue, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better way to support your local music scene.”
Here are the five bands:
GREEN DOLPHIN. A three-piece indie rock band from Newport, Essex, consisting of Sam Baker, Josh Moseley and Harvey Townsend-Jones. Sam is the lead vocalist, with Josh and Sam switching between guitar and bass duties; Harvey is the drummer and occasional percussionist. The band’s influences come from a very wide range of styles, from the Kinks to the Libertines, the Velvet Underground to Metallica.
PRETTY ACE. This is an all-girl band consisting of four sisters from Emneth. Martine who is 17 plays lead guitar and adds backing vocals; Tyeshia is 16 years old and is lead vocalist and also plays guitar; Montana is 14 years old and plays bass guitar; and Ceira is the 13-year-old drummer.
The young band is already well gigged performing at private parties and also a couple of festivals for charity. Their music is diverse playing a wide range of genres and eras; they also have a couple of their own songs with more in the pipeline, hoping to record a small album sometime this year.
DOG FIGHT. A young rock and blues duo from Swaffham, Dog Fight return to Battle Of The Bands for a second year with many gigs under their belt and bags more experience. Although they didn’t win their 2016 heat they impressed the judges with their original sound. They are Callum Granger on guitar and vocals and Reuben Cocksedge on drums. If you like big riffs, catchy hooks and beast drums look no further: these are the boys for you. The lads perform popular rock covers as well as plenty of their own material.
UNIT 10. A covers band based in Norwich, the group began life in March 2015 when front-man Dan Hopkins decided that singing at the odd karaoke night wasn’t enough and thought he’d have a go at forming a band. After a few false starts, they quickly developed into a five-piece, with Dan on vocals and occasional percussion, guitarists Dave Reynolds and Rob Rust sharing lead and rhythm, Ian Derry on bass and Richard ‘Stony’ Stone banging the drums.
The set list of around 40 songs ranges from Johnny Cash through to Paul Weller, with each refined, honed and polished at weekly rehearsals.
DECADES. This acoustic trio hails from Downham Market. Although a covers band at the moment, they are looking to write and introduce their own material later in the year. They have Linda Slater on vocals, Liam McCabe on guitar and Lewis McCabe is the percussionist and very much the backbone of all they do. The band is looking to introduce the electric guitar and full drum kit as well as keys at a later date, to add to the acoustic set.
Decades met at open mic nights which they still attend to share their love for music. Formed in September, 2016, so still very new to the music scene, the band admit they still have a lot to learn as none of them has done anything like this before, but add they are all very much enjoying the new adventure together.