A chance for local bands to show off their talents
A YOUTH bands' showcase is being staged in Beverley next month.
Soundclash, which will be held at the War Memorial Hall, is a chance for local musicians to show off their talents.
It has been organised following the success of last summer's Urban Impact Creative Arts Youth Festival.
Demand was so great at last year's event organisers ran out of space in the programme.
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This year, financial support is coming from Beverley Town Council.
Youth worker Ali Crompton said: "We are grateful to Beverley Town Council to helping fund this venture.
"Music is such a great way for young people to express themselves in a positive way and we are excited about creating a safe environment where they can do that in front of friends.
"I'm also excited that not only do we have young bands performing but we are also able to help support local young entrepreneurs as they seek to get more established locally and develop their business skills.
"This event provides a great learning experience for all young people involved and will be a top night for all who come along."
The showcase will be held on Friday, March 15, at the venue in Lairgate, Beverley.
Doors will open at 7pm and the first band will be on stage at 7.30pm.
The evening will feature five Beverley bands and artists. They are Falling Fearlessly, Plinth95, Operator?, The Priority and Bonjour Pete.
The show is being held together by local DJ and music producer Barney Oram, who also played a central role last year.
He said: "I'm involved because I love music, especially live performances, and I love giving young people the opportunity to perform live.
"That doesn't happen all that often in towns like Beverley.
"I think developing that sense of community through music is great. People can just come, chill out and listen to their mates play."
Jack Hargrave, of Falling Fearlessly, said: "We are involved just for pure love of music.
"We wish to bring back rock into today's world.
"Events like this are a good opportunity to showcase our talents along with other great acts.
"Also, it gives us a chance to get ourselves a name around the local area. Events like this make a massive difference."
Sam Connolly, of Bonjour Pete, said: "We believe it's a great chance to play our music and a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness of local musical talent."
Not only are young bands playing but young entrepreneurs at AFC Entertainment and SL Recording will be providing the PA and lighting.
SL Recording will also take a recording of the performances and produce a CD for the event so the music can be enjoyed afterwards.
Seb Hulse, of SL Recording, said: "Soundclash is an important event as it provides a great opportunity for young people to be able to perform on a stage in front of friends and to build up a local fan base."
During the evening there will be a non-alcoholic bar available at the War Memorial Hall.
The music is due to finish at about 9.30pm.
Tickets cost £4 and are available from the bands directly.
Remaining tickets will be available on a first-come first-served basis on the door.