FLINT MOORE: Heat winners Picture: Kevin Elfleet

AS this year’s Twisted Melon Battle of The Bands heads into the semi-final stages, the final of the acoustic part of the competition takes place on Sunday.

The venue will be Shuck’s restaurant  in Thornham with a 4pm start. The acoustic winner will perform on the BBC Introducing hosted stage at the King’s Lynn’s Festival Too Lazy Sunday on July 9.

Taking part will be Arias Echo, Jonty Tan, CJ Hatt, Emily Blake and Jamie Addison and Issy Smith.

Organiser Triston Finnis said the judges have also added Drew Girling to the acoustic final after his set in heat 10 – the final heat of the band competition which was held at the weekend at Downham Market Club.

Drew, lead singer of last year’s competition winners Finding Ana, was a late entry this year and missed out on the acoustic heats.

But he entered the final heat to compete with the three full bands, By Virtue Fall, Flint Moore, fresh from winning the Cambridge Band Competition 2017, and  Americana/Indie act Hot Raisin

Said Triston: “Without doubt this was the strongest heat of the year as all four acts were worthy of progressing. In the end it was Flint Moore taking the vote, but that wasn’t the end of it.

“There were still the judges and Twisted Melon wild cards to decide. There were around five acts on the shortlist but it was no surprise after such a strong performance that the judges plumped for Hot Raisin. The Twisted Melon wild card went to By Virtue Fall. Unfortunately, they have since had to withdraw from the competition.

“Next in line were The High Points from heat nine who have now taken the last semi-final slot.”

There will be two live semi-finals and the eventual winners of the overall competition will get the chance to appear on stage at Festival Too supporting headliners Busted and The Sherlocks.