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Young musicians conquer west Norfolk’s Battle of the Bands 2023

Battle of the Bands 2023 winners Wicca on stage.

Published: Monday, 18th September 2023

A band formed in King’s Lynn in 2021, Wicca, have won the Battle of the Bands competition organised by the borough council, and supported by Radio West Norfolk, held on Saturday 16 September.

More than 1000 people gathered on The Green in Hunstanton to watch six local bands perform an afternoon of live music as they competed for the Battle of the Bands 2023 title and the prize to perform on stage at Festival Too next year.

Roger Partridge, Events Coordinator for the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, who put the competition together said:

“The entertainment across the afternoon was superb, with a very high calibre of local artists performing.

“The Gliders, a young 12 & 13 year old band from Springwood High School, went down a storm! They had fantastic stage presence. Definitely a band for the future. Dead Horse had a similar effect, really getting the crowd clapping and joining in. Jazzsigns were excellent musicians and the lead singer had an amazing voice.

“Our experienced judges picked the top three as Das Kapitans, an indie punk band, Dead Horse, and the winning group was Wicca, a goth rock quintet. A great choice, this young band are full of personality, originality, presence and musical ability. I look forward to seeing them perform next year on the Festival Too stage.”

Wicca are a five-piece band, three members are from King’s Lynn and two from Norwich. They describe themselves as inspired by the flamboyance and ego of rick icons from the 70s and 80s. They’re regularly compared vocally to Placebo or Muse and musically to Ghost, HIM and The Stranglers.

The competition was compered by Simon Rowe from Radio West Norfolk, Simon said:

“I’m pleased that the borough council has brought this event back to west Norfolk and am delighted that we can support it. Radio West Norfolk will follow all of these bands with interest and I can’t wait to see Wicca’s set on the big Festival Too stage in King’s Lynn next year.”

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