Under 18s Battle of the Bands 2nd heat

Under 18s Battle of the Bands 2nd heat, Paradise Lounge, Lichfield, Sat 20th April

I was genuinely impressed at the quality of the bands – it’s good to see that the local music scene’s in safe hands!

Lichfield Battle of the Bands heat two at The Paradise Lounge was a full house with 6 bands entered and a good crowd of supporters.

The evening opened with a 3 piece band from the Cannock area called Nova Fiasco with good renditions of Supermassive Black Hole by Muse and an Arctic Monkeys song, followed by one of their own songs.

Local photographer Hollie Woodward was on hand to capture some photos of the six bands on stage. Click the thumbnail images below to view…

Photography: Hollie Woodward Photography

Next on was Lichfield band Cold Ocean Lies playing 2 of their own songs and a great cover of Bet You Look Good on The Dancefloor by The Arctic Monkeys.

A Burton-based 4 piece band called Five Days of November were our third band on, playing Red Morning Light by Kings of Leon, and 2 of their own songs.

Lichfield 16 year olds The Impendium played next – the Red Hot Chilli Peppers song ‘By the Way’, then 2 of their own.

After an interesting interlude trying to locate both the drummers from the remaining two bands, we were able to continue with the competition.

Taking Credit, a three piece acoustic group from Rugeley performed a great version of Call Me Maybe (Carly Rae Jepson) and a couple of their own songs. It was good to see some females represented at last as up until then, the other bands had been all male.

The fantastically named Wally Von Zipper, made up of 3 students from South Staffs college, were the final act, playing three of their own songs, with equally interesting names such as ‘Toast Boats’ and ‘Bitternut Birdbath’!

The event certainly finished with a flourish!

The judges announced that 2 bands going through to the final on 11th May as The Impendium and Five Days of November. The marks had been very tight though, so not easy for those missing out. Speaking for the judges, music journalist, Dan Cooper-Gavin said “I was genuinely impressed at the quality of the bands – it’s good to see that the local music scene’s in safe hands!”

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