Battle of the Bands – Heat one

Lichfield under 18’s Battle of the Bands – Heat one

The first heat of Lichfield under 18s Battle of the Bands took place on Saturday evening at the Paradise Lounge in Sandford Street. Four acts played to a crowd of around 60-70 people. All went down really well and it was great to see everyone supporting one another. Really appreciate Mark Morris, owner of the Paradise, allowing us to run the event there and for all his help setting up and sorting out the bands.

First on was The Young! – students from South Staffs college. Only done a few gigs before and they welcomed the opportunity to play at the event. Performed 2 of their own songs and a great cover of More Than Know by Canterbury.

Next was Chloe Adams, a 15 yr old solo singer/songwriter from Lichfield who sang 2 covers ( her own take on a Justin Beiber song and another one by Jason Mraz), followed by one of her own songs.

Photography: Hollie Woodward Photography

Third was a King Eddies band called The Whole 9 Yards. Not been playing together for long. Performed a great cover of Green Day’s ‘Basketcase’, a ‘Day to Remember’ cover, and one of their own.

Finally, a band from Cannock called Almost Easy performed 2 covers, including Metallica’s ‘Enter Sandman’ and one song of their own. Although only young, they have been together for 3 years and certainly rocked!

The judging panel, made up of Dave Simcox (Director of Lichfield Arts), Ellie Galvin (a Lichfield singer/songwriter), and Dan Speakman (musician/student) found their role tough as the acts performed very well but they chose 2 to go through to the final on 11th May (Guildhall, from 7pm) – Chloe Adams and Almost Easy.

There are 2 more heats to go, where 2 bands from each will be voted through to the final. Should have six bands booked in to both those heats and keen to get supporters along. Details of the bands playing can be found on the What’s On page of

The overall winner will open proceedings at the Fuse festival at midday on Sat 13th July.

All funds raised from the events will go to Lichfield Arts for the Fuse event.

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