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Rock Night as part of the Buzz Festival 2009

Nine bands across the Humber Region joined together for a special Rock Night as part of this year's The Buzz Youth Arts Festival in Scunthorpe organised by North Lincolnshire Council.

The showcase rock event took place at The Base Youth Centre in Scunthorpe on 3 August 2009 and the bands prepared original material and covers especially for this event.

This is the second year that Music4U - the Humber Region Action Zone - has held a rock night as part of The Buzz Youth Arts Festival. Appearing this year were the following bands:

  • Third Time Lucky (North Lincs)
  • Heathen (North East Lincs)
  • We All Take Faith (North Lincs)
  • Elohist (Hull)
  • Dimensions (North East Lincs)
  • Zero Hour (North Lincs)
  • The 303s (Hull)
  • The Fall Set (North Lincs)
  • Never Say Never (North Lincs)

Each band has worked with Music4U community musicians Dave Foulds, Geoff Wilson and Alan Jones to prepare for this gig - for many it was the first time they had taken part in a live rock show. The preparations for the gig not only included preparing songs but also how to set up on stage, use microphones and work alongside a technical team.

Musician Geoff Wilson elaborated: "Events of this kind are great. The kids want the opportunity to play in public, they are all very passionate about what they do and it shows. Some of last year's bands were back this year and it was fantastic to see how they had progressed. This project really gives them a focus and keeps them off the streets."

Ruth Drake, Youth Arts Co-ordinator from Hull City Council brought two bands across from Hull - one a group who are part of Focus Rock and another from Ainthorpe Youth Centre. She said it had been a great experience for them to play outside of their home City. "These bands are used to playing in public but only in Hull, it has been great for them to play in a different town, to meet new people and get the chance to listen and learn from the music of others."

Music4U was delighted with the turn out on the night and the attitude of the young people who took part. It was a really special night for them and their peers. Sam Sumerfield, Deputy Director for Music4U who organised this event added: "It's been brilliant to give an opportunity to play live and to work alongside a professional team to so many young bands from our region, many of whom have not played on stage before. The young people welcomed this showcase and have asked us to provide more similar style rock evenings for them."