Under 18s Battle of the Bands heat 3

The last two places have been filled for the U18s Battle of the Bands final on 11th May following a fantastic heat at the Paradise Lounge, Lichfield, and what a great crowd of supporters too!

The Signs, a four piece band of 16 year olds from Alrewas, opened the event with covers from The Strokes, The Vaccines and The Arctic Monkeys. They set the bar very high for the remaining acts, pulling off all three songs with style and great confidence.

The Signs were followed by Minefield, a 5-piece who are all just 11 years old and hail from Stafford. They have not been playing together for long, and the Lichfield BoB gave them a taste for performing live. They went for classic rock covers including Bad Moon Rising and Sweet Home Alabama.

Next up was Amelia Harrison from Armitage – also 11 years old, and with the confidence of a much more seasoned performer. Amelia sang and played acoustic guitar, handling three eclectic covers effortlessly.

Amelia HarrisonAmelia Harrison

Aurora were the fourth act to play. They had seen the competition mentioned in the Express and Star in Wolverhampton – news travels! Both they and the audience enjoyed their slot, comprising a cover of Basketcase by Green Day along with two of their own songs.

The White Silence from Lichfield are a minimalist two piece outfit (drums and guitar), and played a White Stripes medley plus two of their own compositions. Had there been a prize for best dressed act they would have won it comfortably with their very stylish attire.

The final act was foursome from Rugeley (R)Evolution. Frontman Tyler Maycock – winner from Rugeley’s own X Factor no less! – and his bandmates put on an entertaining set, with their three covers going down well with the audience – especially Green Day’s American Idiot and It’s My Life by Bon Jovi.

All performers put on a tremendous show with an interesting mix of songs and must be commended for their performances, whether they got through to the final or not. The judges were certainly impressed. Phil Beale said “competitions are normally all about winners and losers but for the judges all six acts were winners on the day. It was particularly pleasing to see some very young acts perform so confidently in front of a large audience”. Mike Newey of Neon Studios said “I was most impressed with the musicianship of all the bands and so young too! They have great futures ahead of them”.

The SignsThe Signs

The judges were unanimous in their decision on the two acts going through to the final: Amelia Harrison and The Signs.

The final will be held at Lichfield’s Guildhall on Saturday 11th May, with doors opening at 7.00pm. The six acts will draw lots to determine the running order on the night. The overall winner will have the honour of playing the opening set on the Main Stage at Fuse at 12.00 midday, Saturday 13th July.

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