Mu­si­cal tal­ent is show­cased

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Neighbourhood News - By MARK PEARSON

HUN­DREDS of peo­ple packed in­side a Whit­tle­sey so­cial club to watch the fi­nal of the Fen­land Bat­tle of the Bands com­pe­ti­tion.

Out of the eight bands in line for the top prize, it was Bed­ford­shire’s Rusty G’s who won over the au­di­ence and judges the most last week­end.

The group fin­ished first ahead of The Lim­its and Decades And Dig­i­tal, who were third.

The other five acts in the fi­nal, which was staged at Childers So­cial Club in Sta­tion Road, were Vi­codin, Samson’s Fire, Surv­ing Sun­day, Fuel For The Fire and Red Cow Down.

By win­ning the com­pe­ti­tion, Rusty G’s scooped a new web­site by Di­men­sion 6000, fes­ti­val slots at Peter­bor­ough Fes­ti­val and Grass­roots Fes­ti­val and two days’ record­ing at Grange Farm Stu­dio near Wis­bech.

The com­pe­ti­tion was or­gan­ised by Fen­land District Coun­cil and Art and Soul mag­a­zine with the in­ten­tion of giv­ing ex­tra sup­port to young bands in the area.

Mel El­liott, from Art and Soul mag­a­zine and Di­men­sion 3000, said: “It was great to see a sell-out crowd for the fi­nal.

“There were some ex­cel­lent per­for­mances on the night and well done to Rusty G’s for com­ing out on top.”

James Finch, Tom Finch and drum­mer Mark Hol­land formed Rusty G’s in late 2007. Af­ter a-yearand-half to­gether, Mark had to leave the band and they re­cruited Dan Lopez, who was an old school friend.

They have been do­ing lots more gigs over the last year and this hard work is a tes­ta­ment to their win.

In a state­ment, the band said: “We have been try­ing so hard and putting ev­ery­thing into our mu­sic for so long, to win the tro­phy is an amaz­ing achieve­ment for us.

“Play­ing against so many great bands we never ex­pected to win. Now we have, we are still speech­less.

“We hope that this will give us a boost of con­fi­dence that we need, and hope that win­ning will open new doors for us. We love to per­form live and try to add a good vis­ual as­pect to the mu­sic by putting on a good show.

“We want to say a mas­sive thank you to Art and Soul, Fen­land District Coun­cil and Grange Farm Stu­dios.”

win­ners: Rusty G’s aka James Finch, Tom Finch and Dan Lopez with the Fen­land Bat­tle of the Bands tro­phy. Pic­ture: Chris Bru­denell.

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