Bands rock out for a place in the final battleBy Hugh Fort
March 19, 2008
A crowd of almost 300 people were rocking out last week at round three of the Wokingham Battle of the Bands.
Bracknell band You Burn First were crowned the winners and Five Aces Black from Sandhurst and Farnborough runners-up at the event, held at Wokingham Youth Centre in Reading Road on Friday.
In third place were Melanthe from Sandhurst and Camberley.
The judges described the winners as “awesome” and were particularly impressed with their skills in interacting with the audiences, their confidence and their energy.
The band members, Andy Layton, drums and vocals, Don D’Souza, guitar, Toby Fletcher, guitar, and Tom Ward, bass and vocals, have been writing together since last year.
Tom said: “We almost felt famous the amount of people who were there to watch us, hearing them singing our songs, chanting our name, wearing our T-shirts and then buying our CDs
“It was an amazing experience.
“We’re pretty sure we won’t play another venue like that again, with so many people and the amazing atmosphere that came with it.
“The Wokingham kids are nuts.
“The only gig we think will live up to it is the final, which we really can’t wait for.
“It’s going to be so much talent in this final line-up.
“Overall, we loved the night, and are really looking forward to doing it again.”
The competition has been organised by Penny Bradshaw, who is business and community manager at The Forest School in Winnersh.
Pupils at the school have helped organised the events with the Winnersh Neighbourhood Action Group (NAG) and graphic design students have designed the fliers and posters for the project.
NAG chairman Pat Rowell said: “Round three has proved extremely successful and the talent generated by the bands is brilliant.”
The final is being held at the youth centre on Friday, April 4, and features six bands.
The line up is: Sister Gracie, Streetfight Silence, Freestone, Fake the Attack, You Burn First and Five Aces Black.
Tickets can be bought from The Forest School in Robin Hood Lane or Wokingham Youth Centre in Reading Road.
For more information call Penny Bradshaw on 07766 222646.