Battle of the Bands

Who Killed Nancy Johnson? + Khasia + Castell + The Palpitations

The Horn, St Albans, GB

£4 advance, £6 on the door
Entry Requirements: 14+
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Who Killed Nancy Johnson? WHO KILLED NANCY JOHNSON? are a​ ​​​Reading-based high-energy ​original punk/post-punk band with a growing reputation as an incendiary live act.

"It's really worth getting to see these guys" - Punkarolla

Formed in 2015, WKNJ have toured venues in Reading, Basingstoke, Oxford, Guildford, High Wycombe, Kingston, London, Brighton, Chatham, Southampton, St Albans and Cirencester, releasing their first EP, Cops and Robbers, in January 2017.

In late 2017 WKNJ made their first visit outside the UK with a couple of dates in Milan, and played a set for BBC Introducing LIVE. A new EP called Flat Earth Theory will be released early in 2018.


Castell Castell are a retro rock/pop band from Essex, inspired by all things 80s. Extending their hair metal roots into the underground genre of synthwave. With huge hooks, sparkling synths and blistering lead guitar, you'll want to throw on your shades and cut shapes in no time!

"Real nice guitar oriented 80s" -Highway Superstar

The Palpitations


Each person that purchases a ticket will be given a voting slip upon entry to the venue by the door teller, which will then need to be handed in to cast the audience vote. No replacement will be given for lost voting slips.

There will also be independent judges voting on the acts based on various criteria including, song writing, stage presence and overall performance.

Winning band will be announced by one of the judges on the night after all bands have performed.


TICKETS: £4 Adv / £6 Door


Advance Tickets -

Ages 14+ (Under 18s to be accompanied by a guardian)

Tickets may be available on the door but we strongly advise you purchase them in advance to avoid disappointment

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WHO KILLED NANCY JOHNSON? are a​ ​​​Reading-based high-energy ​punk/post-punk band with a growing reputation as an exciting live act.

"It's really worth getting to see these guys" - Punkarolla

Influences include The Stooges, The Ruts, Wire, Magazine, Black Flag, Buzzcocks, The Rezillos, Alkaline Trio, Tsar, Ash, Lit, Rival Schools, The Drills, 3 Colours Red, Wire, Weezer. The songs are all original.

"A brilliant band... full of energy... a really cool post-punk feel" - New Music Saturday

Up to January 2015 the band was a heavy punk/pop band known as Nancy Johnson and under that name supported acts like Chelsea and Peter and the Test Tube Babies. WKNJ resurfaced with a new name, new direction and new line-up in 2016. Since then they have shared stages with Kamikaze Test Pilots, Virus, Vice Squad, The Black Bullets, Rage DC, Pussycat and the Dirty Johnsons, Dragster, The Xtraverts, The Screaming Dead and many others.

"Spiked with amphetamines... a band that embraces punk's origins as well as influences from the last four decades" - thePUNKsite

Who Killed Nancy Johnson? are Stefan BALL - vocals; Pete MOULTON - guitar; Paul ANTHONY - bass; Mark WREN - drums. They're just behind you right now, staring at the back of your head.

"Jaw-droppingly good... more hooks than a deep sea fishing line" - Scene Sussex

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We're Khasia, a 3 piece band from Milton Keynes. We play a melodic Grunge type of rock and have influences from Reuben, Jamie Lenman, Nirvana (obvs!), Royal Blood . . . We've been writing and rehearsing together for a while and have finally started to gig. Starting off at The King Billy in Northampton, then opening for a band called Redfaces at The Craufurd Arms and then playing at The Ex in Corby. Looking for more gigs in the near future.

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