Battle of the Bands 2016 semi-final promises to rock!


The semi-finalists for this year’s Battle of the Bands are promising to put on a great show next week, as they compete for a place in the final which takes place at the Roundhouse Music Festival later this month.

Following the qualifying heats eight great bands have now made it through to the semi-finals which will kick off on Wednesday 10 August at 7.30pm in The Roundhouse pub on the junction of Porters Avenue and Lodge Avenue in Dagenham.

This free entry event promises to be loud, energetic and is a great way to spend a summers evening – regardless of the weather!

Councillor Darren Rodwell, Leader of the Council, said: “I love this competition.  It’s always great to see live music and even more exciting when you consider this is all local talent.

“This borough has a rich musical history, especially at The Roundhouse which played host to some of the world’s most iconic rock bands, so I hope lots of people come along to support what could be iconic bands of the future!  I’d like to wish all eight semi-finalists the best of luck, and also thank our sponsors for helping make this event possible.”

The eight bands fighting for a place in the final are; Nationless, Panama Sunrise, Rolled up Sleeves, Into Horizon, Junk Cake, BEEMC, Courtesan and The Unknown.

Following their success in heat one Rolled up Sleeves, said: “We’re looking forward to the semi-finals.  The band really enjoyed it tonight!”

Into Horizon who also qualified from heat one, said: “Live long and rock hard! It’s been a great night; the bands were all excellent, we couldn’t be happier!”

Qualifying from heat two, semi-finalists Courtesan, said: “We love the Roundhouse, and we can’t wait to blow the roof off next time in the style of Deep Purple!”

While their fellow semi-finalists, Junk Cake, added: “We’re very excited to go through.  It’s great to bring a live, unsigned music scene back to Barking and Dagenham.”

The viewing public along with a judging panel made up of people from the music industry as well as Leader of the Council, Councillor Darren Rodwell, will be able to vote for their favourites on Wednesday night.

Of the eight bands competing in the semi-final only three will make it through to the final which is taking place at the Roundhouse Music Festival in Central Park, Dagenham on Bank Holiday Monday on 29 August and is headlined by Chas and Dave, and will also feature tribute acts for Elton John, Genesis and T-Rex.

Sponsors of this year’s Battle of the Bands are: Actz Media, The Roundhouse pub, PMT east London, and TEB Builders.