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An opportunity from Youth Music for anyoen aged up to 18


Youth Music has created a unique opportunity for young musicians aged 14-18 to be selected to form a brand new band at Glastonbury 2007. The band will write their own modern-day protest song during the course of the festival in June and perform it to an audience of 3,000 - 5,000 at the Left Field stage - traditionally associated with music that makes a difference - in a primetime slot on the final day of the festival.

The Left Field aims to reaffirm the spirit of political debate among festival goers, promoting the value of trade union membership and collective campaigning. The ethos is that music can make a difference.

This is a unique opportunity for several reasons; firstly the band members will all be 14-18; secondly the band will be put together for the first time at the Festival, and thirdly the theme of the music will be Protest - this will give an insight into how today's young people view protest and what they identify as the issues worth protesting about. The campaign will raise awareness among young people that they are able to contribute to the world we live in and encourage them to express their views on the issues that matter most to them.

Fulfilment and Ambassador Roles

The band will be formed of 14 - 18 year olds ('Youth Music Makers') who enter the competition via Youth Music's youth site www.soundstation.org.uk/buildaband Media and promotional activity will direct the young musicians to the competition area of the site. Those who enter must submit:

- A paragraph on why they feel passionate about the subject of Protest and what they feel the issues for 2007 are

- A sound file demonstrating their ability on their instrument
- A photo
- A paragraph outlining how they got into music and who their main musical influences are.

The band will gather and meet on the Thursday of the festival, then spend 2 hours a day rehearsing, receiving mentoring from fellow performers. The Left Field is supported by Billy Bragg, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, Tony Benn, as well as Jerry Dammers formerly with the Specials who wrote the world-famous protest song Free Nelson Mandela. All of these experts will give the novice band guidance and advice on writing and performing protest songs.

'We have been working with the Left Field Stage since 2004 and some young bands have had a great opportunity to play on the stage, but this competition gives young musicians an even better opportunity to use their music to get their message heard.' Michelle James, Director of Marketing & Communications, Youth Music

For more information go to www.soundstation.org.uk/buildaband or contact Alex Holbrook at Radiator PR T: 020 7400 1129 E: [email protected]
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