The thrilling finale to the BurySOUND music competition on Friday perfectly showcased the strength of East Anglia’s vibrant music scene.
After three hotly contested heats throughout February, four up-and-coming bands took to the stage at the Apex in Bury St Edmunds to battle for the BurySOUND 2016 title.
Anthem rock fivepiece Suburban Minds won over the judges on the night with their energetic stage presence and high tempo tunes but it was those in the crowd, treated to a host of top bands, who were the real winners.
First on were atmospheric, ambient two-piece Milque whose dreamy synth soundscapes perfectly suited their soft-voiced lead singer.
Next up Surburban Minds burst onto the stage with a set of loud, fast yet tuneful rock anthems.
Deep City were on next with a polished set of catchy indie-pop songs, looking so comfortable on stage you would have thought they had been doing it for years.
Finishing off the competition were Matty and the Bullsharks whose punky, surf-rock set got the crowd pumped.
While the judges went off to make their desperately difficult decision, last year’s BurySOUND winners The Virtues jumped on stage to reinforce not only why they took the crown last year but how much they have come on since winning the competition.
The riotous Dingus Khan ended the evening with a spectacular show which got the final few not on the dance floor onto their feet.
Following the show, organiser Seymour Quigley said the quality of the bands entering the competition had been better than ever.
“We have been running this for 18 years now and this is the best year we have ever had,” he said.
For more pictures of the BurySOUND final see this Friday’s Bury Free Press.
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