Bands set for showdown

FLETCHER CHRISTIAN MUTINY: Hoping to take the last place in the final. PHOTO: Lottie Ray.

FLETCHER CHRISTIAN MUTINY: Hoping to take the last place in the final. PHOTO: Lottie Ray.

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THE battle lines have been drawn for this year’s Battle of the Bands competition.

Tonight (Friday) will see the semi-finals take place at Amber Bar, in Douglas.

This will decide the last place in the finals of the competition, which takes place tomorrow (Saturday) night.

Last Friday saw the last of the heats.

Fighting for a place was solo acoustic songstress Maria Shilling – also known as Mimi.

She sang both covers and originals.

Also on stage were cover bands 8 Bit Empire and The Last Dogs.

But the round was won by popular pop punkers This Year’s Winner Is... and they will now battle it out in tomorrow’s semi-finals.

Also competing for the final spot in the finals are Fletcher Christian Mutiny and The Shapes.

Meanwhile, last Saturday was renamed ‘Second Chance Saturday’ at the Douglas venue.

Three top scoring losers from the heats were brought back to perform again for a chance to go through to the finals, depending on their final scores.

The Peace Chiefs, 7 Year Black Hole and The Clowns Call for War – all playing original songs – took to the stage for a second time.

And in fact, The Peace Chiefs, which originally scored 181 points in the heats, secured a place in the final after judges awarded them 192.5 points.

The line-up for Saturday’s final also features The Water is Rising as well as 9 Bar Gypsies.

The events start at Amber Bar at 7.30pm with happy hour until 8.30pm.

The bands kick off from 8.45pm-9pm until 1.30am.

The overall winner will receive £500, second place £300 and third £200.

In addition, the acts in first and second place will also win a six hour recording session at Factory Lane Studio in Peel.

Organiser Shri Naik thanked Sleepwell Hotels, Amber, Heineken and Isle of Man Newspapers for their support.

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