Battle of the Bands 2014 Heat 1

A night to remember

An enthusiastic crowd gathered at the King’s Head pub on Bird Street, Lichfield on Sunday evening for the first heat of the Lichfield Arts U21s Battle of the Bands. It was a fantastic night, showcasing the talent of four local bands. The judging panel of Kate Newey (Neon Studios), Chris Davis (musician) and Dave Simcox (Director of Lichfield Arts) were primed and ready to choose two bands from the four to go through to a final on 11th May at the Guildhall. The bands drew lots to determine the running order.

Lichfield-based Phussy were the opening act and they performed three of their own soulful, laid back songs and were well received by their mass of supporters.

Hilum were the second band; three Birmingham Uni music tech students playing their own take on indie rock, inspired by Kings of Leon and Foals.

wvzWally von Zipper

Next up were the Wally von Zipper boys from South Staffs College with their quirky passive math-punk creations and fun audience interaction.

The final band of the night were Remember to Forget, a Rugeley/Stafford based metal band with their own songs inspired by Black Sabbath and A Day to Remember.

rtfRemember to Forget

Not an easy job for the judges at the end of the night but Wally von Zipper and Remember to Forget were chosen to go through. Organiser Pam Beale said “All the bands seemed to have a great night. It is always hard for the ones that are not selected to go through but it is a great forum for them all to show off their talent”.

The next Battle of the Bands heat takes place on 23rd March at the Paradise Lounge, 6-8pm, followed by the first heat of Battle Acoustica, a separate contest for acoustic acts (8-10pm). Winners of both contests will play at Fuse in Beacon Park on 12th July.

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