Steve Smith presents:

Mammothfest Best Band London 2018 - Heat 1

Who Killed Nancy Johnson? + Caskets + Estrangor + Counterfall + Spectral Darkwave + Reventure + N3RV + NO:VA

Fiddlers Elbow, London, GB

£6 on the door
Entry Requirements:

Welcome to Heats 1 & 2 of the Mammothfest Best Band London + surrounding counties 2018 competition.

8 bands will compete across two heats, with TWO bands progressing from each Heat to the London Final on the 8th April.

Competing bands are (in no particular order):

Heat 1 (Doors 14:30 - first band starts at 14:50) Who Killed Nancy Johnson? - Post-punk from Reading Caskets - Grunge/Doom 4-piece from London Estrangor - Old-school Heavy Metal from London Counterfall - Metalcore from Aberdeen

Heat 2 (first band starts at 18:40) Spectral Darkwave - Symphonic Death/Doom from Hertfordshire REVENTURE - Experimental Electronic/Metal from Winchester N3RV - Nu Metal from Oslo NO:VA - post-hardcore from Brighton

The running order for the Heats will not be announced, so be sure to be there from the start to catch your favourite act!

There will also be a Special Guest Headline performance from Raised By Owls!

We would also like to welcome Ivor Edwards from XL Music Promotions as guest judge for the day.

The judging criteria is split between Special Guests, Guest Judges and Audience Vote - all have an equal weighting.

The Winners from Heat 1 will be announced at 18:00 and from Heat 2 after the Guest Headliner

Tickets are just £6 on the door for the WHOLE DAY!

We wish all the competing bands the best of luck in their performances!

Line Up

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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Fearsome London four piece straddling metal, doom and grunge. Think thick, dripping slabs of Alice in Chains swagger punctuated by bursts of High on Fire aggression. Snarling vocals battle blistering guitar riffs as monolithic bass licks grind out an unstoppable path beneath a punishing volley of drums. Armed with a new EP, they’re poised to bring their crushing sound to stages across the UK.

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Female fronted metal band from London. Influenced by Black Sabbath, Pantera, Motorhead, Megadeth, Metallica; Estrangor never fail to put on a high octane live show, filled with ferocity and menace!

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Spectral Darkwave


Since their inception in 2010, Reventure continue to defy first impressions with their unique blend of Electronic/Rock. Coupled with energetic, ‘in your face’ live shows, the band holds an excellent reputation for unforgettable gigs.

  • “Amazing!”: Annie Mac, Radio 1

  • "Crushing Sound": Mikey Demus, Skindred

  • “Wow. They’ve achieved something here which I didn’t think anyone ever would.”:

  • "An astonishing energetic set, once seen never forgotten":

  • "What I love about this, is it shouldn’t work. Can’t work surely? It does.":

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