Stage is set for Battle of the Bands final with a £3,000 prize for the winning act

After nearly 30 hours of music and 55 hopefuls over the course of a six-month span, the final is now set for Market Harborough’s Battle of the Bands contest.

The Enigma cafe bar and nightclub in Coventry Road launched the competition last August and it has gone on to attract entrants from groups across the country.

It is no surprise, as there are high stakes to play for – a £3,000 prize awaits the winning group.

A total of 16 heats took place from last August to December before the acts were whittled down to 17 groups for the semi-final stages.

And 55 is now four, with the stage now set for the grand finale next Friday, February 27.

The night gets under way at 8pm and entry is free.

Throughout the contest, money has been set aside for charity with the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance set to benefit.

The bands battling it out for the crown are rock/pop group The Gifford Band from Kings Lynn in Norfolk, Longgrass from Birmingham, all-rounders The 64’s from Leamington Spa in Warwickshire, and hip-hop ska band Electrik Custard from the Midlands.

The £3,000 prize will be presented on the night by the general manager of Enigma Tom Mundy .

Greg Morris, the managing director of Enigma, said: “It is free entry for all, and this is just incredible value.

“These bands are all incredible and feature some past famous musicians – Electrik Custard’s guitarist once played for The Specials.

“It’s for a good cause, the air ambulance, so let’s hope we can put on a truly great night .”