Wedge Showcase hots up as the second heat arrives

Dutch Criminal Record are among the acts in the Showcase's second heat.
Dutch Criminal Record are among the acts in the Showcase's second heat.
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The Wedgewood Rooms’ annual battle of the bands returned last week with the first heat of its Showcase competition.

And the second heat follows hard on its heels on Thursday.

The contest has been a fixture of the Portsmouth musical calendar for more than two decades, giving a voice to local musicians on one of the country’s premier independent stages.

More than just a run-of-the-mill battle of the bands, The Wedgewood Rooms Showcase puts artists of all genres in front of a panel of some of the industry’s leading organisations, with figures from BBC Radio, Creative Artist’s Agency, Ministry of Sound and Decca on its panel of judges.

The Wedgewood Rooms Showcase doesn’t just stop at giving acts a stage from which to display their talents, it will also be providing a bounty of prizes for the lucky winner, from recording time and professional video shoots to support slots with some of the touring artists appearing at The Wedge.

The line-up for the second heat features a further five acts including:

Dollface Honey, a riff-based desert rock three- piece from Portsmouth.

Lawless Nation, a four-piece who claim: ‘If you love punchy riffs, rhythms and lyrics, then this is the band for you!’

The Arrivals, who have been together since March 2014, and they say their sound is ‘like psychedelic indie house. Or something.’

Jamin with Steve is a duo that came together after they kept seeing each other at open mic nights.

Dutch Criminal Record are a young indie band from Chichester.

Heat 2 is on Thursday, doors 7.30pm. Tickets £4. Go to or call (023) 9286 3911.

The next heat is on July 30.