Bands given a golden chance to shine on

Hayes FM pre­sen­ter Hughie Dixon re­views the live band scene

Harefield Gazette - - LEISURE -

SO, how does £500 grab you? Well, the Crock of Gold pub on Ruislip, High Street are looking for bands (orig­i­nals and cov­ers) to com­pete in their up­com­ing Bat­tle Of The Bands com­pe­ti­tion which will com­mence on Satur­day May 28 and run every week­end un­til the grand fi­nal on Sun­day Au­gust 7.

Judges will be hid­den among the pun­ters and staff and will be looking and lis­ten­ing out for good mu­sic, show­man­ship and class.

Best orig­i­nal act will col­lect £500 in cash and will get the op­por­tu­nity to ap­pear on my ra­dio show to per­form an un­plugged set on or around Tues­day Au­gust 9.

Best cover band will also re­ceive £500 in cash plus a guar­an­teed four paid gigs at The Crock of Gold over the next 12 months.

If you’re a mu­si­cian in a full band or a duo/trio etc and think you’ve got what it takes, email the Crock of Gold man­age­ment at wynne. ja­son@hot­mail.co.uk with a link to your group or a brief blog of what you’re about.

Make sure to state which cat­e­gory you’re en­ter­ing (orig­i­nals or cov­ers) and don’t for­get to in­clude your phone num­ber as well. Best of luck.

As usual. there’s live and orig­i­nal mu­sic at The Crown and Treaty pub in Ox­ford Road, Uxbridge, on Fri­day.

Yuck In­die con­tinue their fourth birth­day cel­e­bra­tions with a show from Cara Cara, plus an as yet unan­nounced sup­port act. Hail­ing from Hert­ford­shire, this four-piece pow­er­house of­fer you a qual­ity blend of alternative rock. Free en­try be­fore 10pm and just £5 af­ter.

Pol­lyPikPock­etz are a band new (ish) to the lo­cal scene (Harefield/ West Lon­don). They’re punk, they’re grunge and they’re fun. They’re the kind of pop mu­sic your mother used to love be­fore you came along and chilled her out.

Think Lena Lovich meets Transvi­sion Vamp via Bana­narama and you might get an inkling as to what they’re about. If you don’t know who they are ask Aun­tie Google. One thing for sure is that Pol­lyPikPock­etz are in it for the right rea­sons. They play The Road­trip and The Work­shop in Old Street, Lon­don EC1V 9EY this Satur­day, from 8pm, where you can en­joy free en­try if you are a res­i­dent of planet earth.

Fi­nally, the fan­tas­tic Ophe­lia Booth will be re­turn­ing to play on my ra­dio show on Tues­day May 10 with an un­plugged set.

n PUNK FUN: Pol­lyPikPock­etz

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