Not So Easy to choose U18s Battle of the Bands winners

Not So Easy to choose U18s Battle of the Bands winners

A capacity crowd of all ages filled the Guildhall on Sat 11th to watch the final of the Lichfield Arts Under 18s Battle of the Bands 2013, where the main prize at stake was the honour of playing the main stage of the Fuse Festival on Saturday 13th July.

Six acts performed in front of a packed audience and pulled out all the stops. Pam Beale, Lichfield Arts volunteer and organiser of the event said

“when I set about organising this contest, I really wanted a broad range of young musicians to enter and take up the opportunity to show off their talent. That is exactly what happened, and over 3 heats and the final we have seen some exceptional talent – the youngest performers being just 11 years old!”

 

The running order for the final was decided on the night, with acts drawing their slot out of a hat. Eleven year old Amelia Harrison from Armitage was on first, singing her three songs with great confidence and demonstrating a fluent guitar picking technique. ‘The Signs’, 16-year olds from Alrewas, performed three great covers and had brought half the village with them, which generated a fantastic atmosphere. Four piece ‘Almost Easy’ from Cannock rocked the Guildhall with their rendition of Black Sabbath’s Paranoid and two of their own numbers, followed by Lichfield’s own ‘The Impendium’ who likewise played two of their own compositions and a cover, this time ‘Rope’ by The Foo Fighters.

Five Days of November from Burton, with their 5DON logo’d backline, played a very accomplished set of three of their own compositions. Last on stage was Chloe Adams, an acoustic guitar-playing 15 year old singer songwriter from Lichfield, impressively belting out her own interpretations of two covers plus an original piece.

A judging panel comprising Phil Beale (local musician), Dan Cooper-Gavin (music journalist) and Ellie Galvin (Lichfield singer/songwriter) then had the unenviable task of choosing a winner. After a good twenty minutes of deliberation, they announced Almost Easy as the victors. Phil Beale commented “picking a single winner proved to be a really difficult task, given the quality of the performances on the night and the diverse range of musical styles on display. In the end ‘Almost Easy’ won by a short head, but in all honesty all of the acts would be capable of pulling off the main prize of playing the main stage of the Fuse festival in July.”

Organiser Pam said

“what was so rewarding about the competition was how supportive of one another the acts have been throughout. They stayed and listened, cheered and clapped, and even complemented other acts during their slots on stage. I was really proud of them all for showing such spirit, and I really hope we can make this an annual event for young local talent. Watch this space!”

Almost Easy can be seen at Lichfield Arts’ Fuse Festival, Beacon Park on Saturday 13th July, 12.00 noon, Main Stage.

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