THE LUDLOW battle of the bands has started, with two bands kicking off the competition in style.

The contest began at Ludlow Assembly rooms on October 9, with performances from the Herefordshire and Gloucestershire rock band 13 Rivers and Birmingham folk group, the Rotundas.

13 Rivers wowed the audience with lively, complex, original rock music before the Rotundas changed the pace with their traditional industrial and social songs from Birmingham and the Black Country.

Whilst the judges recognised 13 Rivers’ energy and presence, it was the Rotundas who won the evening's competition.

Each round will see two bands performing for both an audience and a panel of judges to see who will come out on top. The bands are judged in various categories including preparation, audience engagement, originality and the quality of their performance.

The second round will take place on October 23 and the third on October 30, with the winners coming together for the final on November 13.

Tickets cost £6, with the entertainment starting at 8pm.