Six bands to fight it out in battle of the bands

The Water Is Rising  (Vannin Photos)

The Water Is Rising (Vannin Photos)

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After countless hours of practice, preparation, three very closely fought heats and numerous resulting hangovers, the final of the Amber Battle of the Bands takes place this Saturday night.

A six-band bill makes up the event featuring diverse styles and genres from Indie to Metal.

Battling it out to be crowned the winner will be Abrasive Melody, The Water Is Rising, Leadvein, The Clowns Call For War, Baad Acid and Ironclad.

A first prize of £750 is up for grabs.

And there is a further prize of £250 available for the runner up.

As it’s a six-band bill, the first band will hit the stage at 8.30pm sharp.

The bar will stay open until 1.30am. Oh and it’s free entry!

A couple of other gigs going on this weekend.

Firstly a Friday night show at Jaks in Douglas where The Barefoot Revolution will be bringing what can be termed as ‘college rock’ to the night’s proceedings.

The band specialise in covers by the likes of Blink 182, The Offspring, Green Day and Jimmy Eat World amongst others.

They are well worth a look at, if this sounds like your type of thing.

Saturday night sees Borderline making an appearance at The Railway Station Hotel, in Port St Mary.

The band state that their influences range from Rock’n’Roll, Rhythm’n’Blues, Fifties Rockabilly, New Orleans R’n’B, Psychobilly, Country and Western Swing, Sixties Soul, Chicago Blues, Texas Jump, Swamp Blues and Delta Blues.

Their musical influences come from the likes of Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, Robert Cray, Albert King, B.B. King, Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, Jerry Lee Lewis, Moon Mullican, Little Walter, Robert Johnson, T-Bone Walker and Ray Charles.

A date for your diaries now. Following on from his support slot to John Power –the former bass player for celebrated outfit The La’s and long-term frontman for the hugely popular indie band Cast – at Amber last weekend, local acoustic troubadour Chris Gray has just confirmed that he’ll join a bill completed by Matt Creer and Ian Thompson at Jabberwocky in Duke Street, Douglas on Saturday, December 13.

The night of live acoustic music gets underway from 7.30pm.

Tickets are priced at £3 and can be purchased from the venue or by emailing

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Steve Leach brings the latest rumblings, murmurings, news and views on forthcoming events in and around the island’s music scene. Help support the scene by emailing

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