Musical talent is showcased
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.