Palatial foursome scoop battle of the bands title

Palace Motion, from left to right, drummer James Matthews, lead singer/guitarist Issac Thornburn and lead guitarist Broden Salmon.
Palace Motion, from left to right, drummer James Matthews, lead singer/guitarist Issac Thornburn and lead guitarist Broden Salmon.

Clitheroe-based Indie rock band Palace Motion is celebrating after winning Manchester Battle of the Bands.

Palace Motion, who have just finished recording their first EP at Clitheroe’s The Grand, beat off stiff competition at the event staged at the The Whiskey Jar club.

The band, which scooped £100 worth of prize money, is made up of former Ribblesdale High School pupil James Matthew (19), who is the percussionist, another former Ribblesdale pupil Isaac Thornburn (20), who currently attends Access to Music in Manchester and is lead vocalist and guitarist, plus ex-Bowland High School pupil Broden Salmon (16), who currently attends Clitheroe Royal Grammar School Sixth Form Centre.

During the competition, the band played to a crowd of hundreds at the Northern Quarter-based club as part of a charity music competition.

The concert was arranged to raise funds for After Adoption, a Manchester-based charity that provides post-adoption services to families city wide. Five bands competed for the top prize of £100, each playing their own set before being judged.

They performed a half hour set playing original material from their upcoming self-titled EP which is currently going through the mastering process.

Guitarist Broden Salmon said: “We were over the moon to win and as a result of the money we’ve won, we have many, many more gigs planned for this year. This type of exposure is much-needed for small bands and we really appreciate the boost it has given to the profile of the band.”

For more on the band visit: facebook.com/palacemotion