THE first two heats of Amber Bar’s Battle of the Bands were won by the sultry-voiced Teresa Mcnulty on Friday and Celtic masters Strengyn on Saturday.
The atmosphere in the bar was electric throughout each heat although it altered depending on the act on stage.
Port Erin band Fletcher Christian Mutiny brought their own young following all the way from the south, while screamo band Our Final Hour had their usual groupies flinging their heads around in front of the stage. The singer even got up on the judges’ table at one point – a risky decision which threatened to topple over a few pint glasses. Points would surely have been deducted!
The weekend’s two winners, runners up Fletcher Christian Mutiny and Mr Eliminator and the Deadly Vipers, and third place acts Our Final Hour and both Ballaghs and 7 Year Black Hole who came joint third on Saturday, will now go through to the semi-finals to be held next weekend (November 18 and 19).
However, Our Final Hour are unable to attend the final so Last Cavalier will take their place. The competition final will then take place on the following weekend (November 25 and 26).
Throughout the contest each heat winner receives £100, each runner up gets £50 and third place, a case of beer.
This year the competition has been split into two categories, covers and originals, with some bands entering both. The winner of each category will be presented with £500, the runners-up with £250 and third place with £50.
The heats continue this weekend with Monolith, The Cosmos, Without Limits, Dr Q and the Evil Empire (covers) and Geddy Up tonight (Friday) and Ballaghs (covers), Fecktones, Seversyn and Native tomorrow (Saturday).
The heats start at about 7pm each night with a happy hour to entice people to come and watch the earlier slots. Amber bar is for over-18s only – although competing musicians can be younger.