AS musicians and music fans reel from the news that Mannifest 2013 is off (but at least due for return in 2014), the message is appreciate what you’ve got, when you have it.
To that end, this weekend you could do worse than get down to the last round of heats in Amber Bar’s Battle of the Bands, which is building momentum after a blinding showing last Friday and Saturday.
Friday night saw the cheeky ukulele-driven soul of the Peace Chiefs pitted against heavy riff mongers the Fletcher Christian Mutiny and The Clown Calls for War.
The judges report said scores were very close between the Chiefs and the Mutiny but Keef Lawler and the gang survived and it was Fletcher Christian that won and went through.
The Chiefs were minus co-singer and trumpet tooter Helen Morrison, but with frontwoman Teresa McNulty realising a lifelong ambition to crowd surf, it wasn’t all bad for the band, and they may yet get another crack at the finals in a ‘best of the rest’ style heat being considered by organisers.
Last weekend’s second heat featured cover bands The Same, The Eleventh Hour and Nine Bar Gypsies, with the judges feedback being that the Gypsies took the win by some distance, armed with an arsenal of Guns ‘n’ Roses classics and the lung capacity of singer Adrian Bruce, though the judges also commented The Same played great for a very young band.
Coming up tomorrow (Friday) is the final heat, featuring solo acoustic songstress Mimi Shilling, loud and proud cover band 8 Bit Empire, popular pop punkers This Years Winner Is... and Lost Dogs. The winner will take £150 and the final automatic place in the finals.
Plans for a ‘Second Chance Saturday’ the following night have been shelved for now. The idea was to invite the top scoring losers from the heats to play for a semi final place. Not yet including bands from tomorrow’s heat, the runner-up leader board so far looks like this:
The Peace Chiefs with 181 points, 7 Year Black Hole - 179 points, Mr Eliminator and the Deadly Vipers - 176 points and The Clown Calls For War - 177 points.
Check the Amber Bar Facebook page for news on whether these bands will get a second chance.
Also on Saturday, scope out the re-opened Bay pub in Port St Mary, which hosts an open-mic night from 7pm that could become a regular feature. Free drink for performers too.