Young performers wanted for Stokey Music Fest ‘15


Hackney’s young people are being asked to come forward and perform at the special Young People’s Venue at this month’s Stoke Newington Music Festival.

Stretching from Stamford Hill to the end of the High Street, the Stoke Newington Music Festival 2015 will be taking place from 23 – 25 October with a line-up of some of the most exciting bands playing in the UK today while promoting local talent and renowned venues including two historic churches.

Raising money for the charity Brook, which provides essential sexual health and wellbeing services to young people across the UK while also running Hackney’s Come Correct scheme, the festival will feature a wide variety of acts from traditional music in restaurants to hip hop DJ set, guitar bands, street dancers, reggae performers plus many more.

A special feature for this year’s festival is the inclusion of the under-18s Young People’s Venue located in St. Paul’s Church on Stoke Newington High Street. Produced by and for under-18s, the venue will showcase young musical talent from performers on stage to sound engineers and back-stage organisers.

The festival is looking for young performers to come forward to play at the venue, from solo vocal acts, to rap and spoken word performers, rock bands to group instrumentalists – all genres of music are welcome to play during the evenings of Friday and Saturday.

I want as many young local music groups to come forward and perform their music, no matter what genre, to what will sure to be a packed venue. This is all about engaging with young people, giving them a chance to be heard while showcasing the amazing amount of talent out there. This isn’t a competition, this is a celebration of our great young people.

Adam Towndrow, who has been supported by Young Hackney to organise the Young People’s Venue
Cllr Jonathan McShane, Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care and Culture, Hackney Council
It’s going to be fantastic to see Stoke Newington come alive with music not just down the High Street, but across the many local venues of independent shops, restaurants and historic churches. With support from local businesses, the festival will be something truly special in supporting not only the great local acts, but the next generation of performers and music organisers while also raising money for a great charity. I would urge people to visit Stoke Newington throughout the October weekend and support this fantastic festival.
Cllr Jonathan McShane, Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care and Culture, Hackney Council

The youth stage is one of the 12 Discover Young Hackney events happening over the next six months. DYH is the council’s youth arts and culture festival.

To find out more about the young person’s venue of music performers aged 13 – 18 years, please contact: stokenewingtonmusicfestival@gmail.com

You can visit the website: www.stokeymusicfest.com, Facebook www.facebook.com/StokeyMusicFest or Twitter feed: www.twitter.com/StokeyMusicFest