Lucettas win band battle at Dagenham’s Roundhouse festival

PUBLISHED: 13:11 08 June 2015 | UPDATED: 14:57 22 June 2015

Crowds enjoy the music at the Roundhouse festival in Central Park

Crowds enjoy the music at the Roundhouse festival in Central Park

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The Lucettas have been crowned champions of the Roundhouse festival following a foot-tappingly fun final of the battle of bands on Saturday.

Crowds gathered under brilliant blue skies to watch the indie rockers’ victory on June 6 after a face off against runners up Crown the Mushroom and Mind the Gap Club.

The concert was held in honour of Barking and Dagenham’s rich musical history and the Roundhouse pub which has played host to some of the world’s most famous rock bands.

Front man of the Lucettas, Tommy Garry, said the band were surprised by their success as they were the youngest performers there and the calibre was high.

The 18-year-old added: “We haven’t been going that long, we’ve only been together six months.

“We won the opportunity to do a 45 minutes gig, £500 and a trophy. It was great day which we all really enjoyed. Credit needs to go to everyone involved.”

Tommy, who grew up in Dagenham, said the band was surprised at the “great” turn out on the day which included lots of the musicians’ family and friends.

The competition, which took place in Dagenham’s Central Park, came before a bill of tribute acts honouring some of the greatest rock bands of all time.

Sun-soaked families enjoyed the music from the likes of Quadrophonia (The Who tribute) and Freddie and the Mercurys (Queen tribute) while lapping up free events and a fruit juice bar.

And afterwards members of the crowd took to Twitter to show their appreciation of the day.

Paul Shed @Celebtime posted: “Gr8 day with some Gr8 #Bands”, while radio station Time 107.5 @Time1075_FM added: “#News team are rocking out at the Roundhouse Music Festival today in #Dagenham #freeevent #livemusic.”

The council has lots more events lined up this year to celebrate the borough’s 50th anniversary, including the Barking Folk Festival on July 4 and 5.

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