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West Norfolk prepares for a battle of the bands

SImon Rowe from Radio West Norfolk launches the Battle of the Bands competition with local band Second Sunset in Hunstanton.

Published: Monday, 17th July 2023

The borough council has joined forces with Radio West Norfolk to organise a West Norfolk Battle of the Bands competition. The winner will get to perform on stage at next year’s Festival Too.

Entries are now open, it's free to register and bands have until 14 August 2023 to do so. 

The final, to pick the winning band, will be held in Hunstanton on Saturday 16 September 2023 as part of the Hunstanton Rocks weekend, a two day free music festival.

Roger Partridge, Events Coordinator for the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, explains:

“We have a strong local music scene in west Norfolk and there are many fantastic groups in the area. This competition will give bands a platform to highlight their music to an enthusiastic audience on the Green in Hunstanton, with the ultimate prize of performing on stage in front of thousands of people at next year’s Festival Too.

“We want to hear from bands of all genres, all ages, up and coming and established. Entries will be assessed by a judging panel and eight bands chosen to take part in the Finals Day where they will get 20 minutes to impress the judges on stage on the Green. Also it’s free to enter. I would also like to thank Festival Too for the amazing prize of time on stage at next year’s hugely popular event, a fantastic prize for any band.”

Local band, Second Sunset, plan to enter the competition and helped launch it on the Green in Hunstanton with breakfast presenter from Radio West Norfolk Simon Rowe. Peter from the band explained:

“We’ve been together since last Christmas and are all from west Norfolk and Wisbech. As a band we do an open mic night, which we enjoy, and we were recently here in Hunstanton performing at Festival 3 by the sea.”  

Imogen who sings with the band added:

“This competition is a great opportunity to get music out there and enjoyed, it helps boost people’s confidence. Music is good for the soul.”

Simon Rowe from Radio West Norfolk said:

“If you’re in a band and thrive on performing in front of thousands of people this is for you. We’ll get a load of the songs on the radio and chat to the bands with a big party weekend in Hunstanton in September. Followed by the ultimate prize for one of the groups, playing at the biggest gig in west Norfolk Festival Too.”

Watch the launch video below for more details.

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