Bands battle it out in rock final

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Lancaster rock music pub The Bobbin hosts the final of its Battle of the Bands competition this weekend.

The competition has been running since July, and has seen more than 20 bands compete for a place in the final tomorrow night, Friday, with the winner getting a headline slot at the Cable Street pub’s next beer festival on top of a £500 prize.

The final five bands are heavy rockers Fire In The Empire, melodic avant garde rock band Fighting Bears, screamcore group Invidia, rock duo The Fighting Keegans and female fronted death metal band Bloodyard.

Pub manager Dominic Leighton said: “The competition has been phenomenal so far, and in some of the heats any of the four bands taking part could have won.

“It’s absolutely one of my favourite events to put on as the atmosphere is always great, with plenty of friendly rivalry, and the opportunity to see such a variety of acts in a short space of time really makes for a fun and lively event.”

Music begins at 9pm and entry is free.

The Dukes has re-introduced its free early evening music sessions in the cafe bar, starting with a performance from Kristi Michelle, tomorrow night from 7pm. The events replace the previous Chill Out Tuesday sessions.

Kristi’s music is described as “meandering folk and blues from the dusty edges of California.”

The following Friday, September 14, from 6.30pm, Lucas Button – “Nick Drake and Bon Iver rolled into one young, indie singer songwriter” – takes to the stage before contemporary folk musician James Yorkston, who the late John Peel dubbed “the finest songwriter of his generation.”

Hailing from Fife, Yorkston was an integral early member of the Fence Collective whose reach across contemporary music has included King Creosote, The Aliens, KT Tunstall, The Beta Band and The Pictish Trail.

He has recently released a brand new album entitled I Was A Cat From A Book.

Over the past decade, Yorkston has released five albums of original song, a collection of traditional music and published his first book, It’s Lovely to be Here – The Touring Diaries of a Scottish Gent, and was also musical director at the BBC Electric Proms tribute to Lal Waterson.

Tickets are priced £13/£11 concessions, from The Dukes box office on 01524 598500 or from www.dukes-lancaster.org.

Tomorrow night, female fronted punk band The Vice Squad make a return appearance to the city on stage at the Yorkshire House.

The band is backed by Preston’s Sanity Clause and Pink Hearse, from Blackpool.

Tickets are priced £6 in advance from www.wegottickets.com, or £8 on the door.