Cerys Mathews will be a celebrity judge at the Battle of the Bands competition

Top young musicians perform for Battle of the Band judges

Young local musicians are hoping to wow celebrity judges and a packed audience at the final round of the Battle of the Bands competition.

The top seven groups who made it through a tough selection process will perform at the finale on Wednesday (25 January).

Cerys Matthews, the singer from Catatonia and now a BBC radio presenter, will be joined on the judging panel by presenter and DJ Goldierocks, Paul Stewart of The Feeling, Will Doyle of the Palma Violets, as well as talent scout and manager Steven Abbott.

“To have got to the final is an achievement in itself,” said Cllr Sue Fennimore, H&F Cabinet Member for Social Inclusion. 

“To perform in front of such eminent musicians must be daunting but I hope this will give everyone the confidence to go on to achieve great things. What an exciting opportunity.”

Each of the seven final bands are made up of 11 to 18-year-olds who will perform two songs at the Bush Hall gig. At least one of those songs must be an original composition.

The bands include Rudy’s Theory and Pink Flamingo, both from Sacred Heart High School in Hammersmith, as well as Strike from West London Free School in King Street.

As well as an overall prize, there will be prizes for best original song, outstanding vocalist, outstanding musician and star performer.

The competition is run by Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s Music Hub and The Rhythm Studio Pop and Rock Academy.

Visit the Music Hub’s website to get your tickets. Entry is free for under 18s and £5 for adults. Tickets will not be available at the door. The event runs from 7pm to 9.30pm at Bush Hall in Uxbridge Road, Shepherds Bush.