Battle of the Bands second heat: the photosBy Hugh Fort
March 07, 2009
Powerchords were reverberating around Reading Road as some seriously heavy local bands rocked out in a hard-fought battle.
More than 180 young people turned up to head-bang the night away at the second round of the popular Battle of the Bands competition at Wokingham Youth and Community Centre.
Bracknell band Valour won the competition and Reading’s When Memories Fade finished as runners-up.
Rory McMahon, who acts as agent for Valour, said: “The gig was pretty insane, to be honest.
“It was probably one of the best the band have ever done.
“Everyone really got behind what we were doing and were going nuts.
“When we’ve played this type of thing before, people haven’t always liked what we do but this time everyone was getting into it.
“We were surprised to win, it was crazy.
“I think it worked in our favour that we were a bit less screamy than the other bands.
“It really was an extravagant place to play, everything ran brilliantly and we had bundles of fun playing.”
He added the group was working hard on new songs for the final. The group, who describe their style as a “metal with a melodic twist”, will join Streetfight Silence and Clockwork in the final in April.
Clark French, vocalist for When Memories Fade, said: “We had a great night.
“We love the music we play and it was great to have such a good opportunity to share it with new people.
“The sound was great and the night was really well organised.
“We are really happy we got through to the final and can’t wait to play next time.
“We have a few more tricks up our sleeves for the final, so we won’t go down without a fight.”
The event has been organised by Winnersh Neighbourhood Action Group (NAG), in particular Penny Bradshaw, business community development manager at the Forest School in Robin Hood Lane, and Pat Rowell, chairman of the group.
Mrs Bradshaw said: “The nights present a perfect opportunity for teenagers to enjoy a fantastic, well-priced night out in a safe environment.”
The bands were judged by a panel of Simon Maltby, manager of Winnersh Triangle Business Park, Ted Cooke, Winnersh parish councillor and treasurer of the NAG, Kev Delaney, IT technician at Forest School, and Lorraine McIntyre, music teacher at the Forest School.
The panel all agreed on Valour finishing first but a lengthy debate took place over second place.
In the end, When Memories Fade pipped Bracknell-based Kraken to the post.
- Round Three, on Friday, March 27, will feature seven bands.
The line-up for the evening is more diverse than the very heavy bands on show in round two.
The bill is Fake the Attack, A Stranger in Moscow, Five Aces Black, Caution, You vs The Jedi. Exploit, Nico Seal and The Nearly Rhythm and Blues Orchestra.
Tickets are £3.50 in advance and £4.50 on the night, which starts at 6.30pm.
For a ticket call Mrs Bradshaw on 07766 222646.