Five bands battled it out for one of the two places in the grand final of Hull Live’s Battle of the Bands competition.
The heat was held at The Grandale in Sutton Park, where each band was vying for a place in the final to be held at Hull New Theatre on Wednesday, July 17.
Judges for the night were sponsor and musician Chris Norfolk, of Portfolio Hull; musician and promoter John Levesley; Eddy Falkner, of Tribfest which is a Battle of the Bands sponsor, and musical director and musician Richard Grant, with Dave Norman as host and compère.
Tin Pan Alley
The first band up on the night was local outfit Tin Pan Alley featuring Bob Murden on keyboards, Darren Woodhouse on drums, Baz Smith on bass, Mel Scott playing lead guitar and Kerry Broughton on vocals.
Their “dynamic” set list included Tina Turner’s Nutbush City Limits, Anastacia’s Left Outside Alone, I Just Died In your Arms Tonight by The Cutting Crew, Alone by Heart and Moving on Up by M People.
Watch: Tin Pan Alley perform in Battle of the Bands competition
The judges thought it was a great start to the show with “good” lead vocals, and that the band set a “very high standard” for the night with a “good” selection of songs and some “great” musicianship.
They felt they were “very unlucky” not to go through to the final.
The second act to perform was local band Bad Harris which usually works as a trio, but, due to personal reasons, one member could not make it on the night.
Dylan Ridley and Kayde Hill kept the “high standards going” with a series of original song including On the Edge of Growing Older, We Make Rock and Roll, Jack Swagger, Young Rocker, Dream State and closed with Pushing Me Over.
Watch: Bad Harris perform in Battle of the Bands competition
The band used backing tracks to cover for their missing band member and gave a “solid performance”.
Judges said they would have liked to have seen the full band but they “covered well”. All of their numbers were “similar in style” and judges felt they could “introduce a little variation” to their songs.
Watch: The Rumshack 4 perform in Battle of the Bands competition
The Rumshack 4
The third band to play were acoustic four-piece The Rumshack 4 from Princes Avenue in Hull.
The female-fronted band consisted of Gavin Hall on drums, Shane Doy on acoustic guitar, Chris Barrett on the double bass and lead vocalist Lisa Fee Wilkinson.
They played a “good variation” of songs which included Teardrops by Womack & Womack, Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes, New Shoes by Paolo Nutini, Chaka Khon’s Ain’t Nobody, Let’s Dance by David Bowie and The Chain by Fleetwood Mac.
They “interacted well” with the audience and soon had everyone joining in singing and dancing to their set.
Judges thought they were great musicians and featured a good selection of songs. The thought they “created a nice atmosphere” and won over the audience and judges.
Fourth to play on the night was Hull band Reardon Love consisting of Dan Wilby on bass, Jed Pearson on drums, Josh Chesman on guitar, keys and vocals and Matt Fletcher on guitar and lead vocals.
They chose to play some “interesting” original numbers in their set which included Sweet Brandon Teena, Mr Nobody, Enfant Terrible and Dreams of the Diaspora.
Watch: Reardon Love perform in Battle of the Bands competition
Judges thought they did well and tried to introduce something different to the competition. Although they felt that they “need to lighten-up and tighten-up their performance” which will only come by playing live in front of an audience.
Closing the night was Pocklington band City Walls made up of members Adam Harvey on drums, Gareth Harvey on keys and vocals, Alex Shearer on bass and Frazer Threllfull on guitar.
They played a “great selection” of songs which where Treasure by Bruno Mars, Long Train Running by The Doobie Brothers, Wild Cherry’s Play that Funky Music, Abba’s Take a Chance on Me and Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey.
Watch: City Walls perform in Battle of the Bands competition
Judges thought it was “excellent from start to finish” and that they “look and played the part”. They thought all members are “very good musicians” and the band proved to be a “really tight unit”.
They played some real crowd-pleasers and a wide, varied selection which “closed the night well”.
The two bands going through to the Hull New Theatre are The Rumshack 4 and City Walls .
The last Battle of the Bands heat will take place next Wednesday at Oscars Bar in Silver Street.
Battle of the Bands would like to thank Steve, Lillth and all the staff at The Grandale for a warm welcome and to sound engineer Tom Howell, of ITSL, for the excellent sound on the night.
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