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Humberside Rock Musicians Take Part in The Power Tour 2011

PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: Musicians from The Dead Hormones will be getting ready for the Power Tour gig on the stage at Junction, Paradise Place, Goole, DN14 5DL at 2.45pm on Tuesday 25th October  

This October half-term aspiring young rock musicians will have the chance to take centre stage for the second year in The Power Tour organised by Music4U - the Humber Region Youth Music Action Zone - as part of a Youth Music initiative to encourage and develop the musical talent and potential of young bands.

The Power Tour is a collaborative project between three Youth Music Action Zones: Music4U based in the Humber Region, CoMusica based in Gateshead and More Music based in Morecambe, who are working together again to offer a series of band development and national showcasing opportunities, culminating in Power Tour 2011 - a three-night inter-regional rock tour.

The Power Tour starts Tuesday 25th October at Junction, Goole, from 7.00pm - 9.00pm and entry is £1.00 on the door. There will be bands from three Youth Music Action Zones represented including: the innovative rock band The Dead Hormones with support act Molly, Beth & Friends (which includes members of Rhodes from Goole - Music4U's representative band from the 2010 Power Tour) who are representing Music4U, the five-piece female rock group Frock On representing CoMusica and the young acoustic/folk singer Katy Pickles representing More Music. Rhodes, will also compere the evening as each band performs their 20-minute set.

Speaking about their Power Tour appearance, The Dead Hormones said: "We are really looking forward to the tour and hope that it will be the first of many. We had a great gig at the Freedom Festival in Hull, which was where we were spotted by Music4U and got the chance to take part in The Power Tour, which is really exciting for us. We formed our band four years ago as a group of friends who liked music and became a band playing covers - now we very much have our own identity and play our own material."

The three bands selected to be part of this year's Power Tour all went through a series of preliminary heats. The winning bands will not only get the chance to perform in each other's home towns but also to take part in music and professional development sessions hosted at each venue. 

Dave Foulds, the community musician who was involved in selecting the Music4U band to join this year's Power Tour, commented on the high standards of the winning band: "I was really impressed by the fact that The Dead Hormones played all original material. All their songs sounded different and had bags of creativity, change of pace and made great use of dynamics. The players looked enthusiastic, were committed and well rehearsed and their drummer displayed great technical delivery. So, they were selected as a 'solid' choice for their age."

Following the gig in Goole on Tuesday 25th October, The Dead Hormones will have the opportunity to perform at The Hothouse, Morecambe on Wednesday 26th October and finish their mini tour at The Sage Gateshead on Thursday 27th October.    

Delma Tomlin, Music4U's Director commented: "We're delighted to embark upon the second Power Tour and follow on from last year's success with another equally inspiring array of up and coming young bands. It is fantastic that young people from our region have the opportunity to visit and perform on stages in different parts of the country to new young audiences and to get to know other young musicians and learn from each other.

"Last year's Power Tour winners, Rhodes, have made fantastic progress in improving their musicianship and performance skills. They have also developed their business skills by promoting themselves online and generating a fan base through Facebook and Myspace. We were also delighted to see them gaining themselves more live work and taking the initiative to set up an acoustic night at Junction to share their own music and encourage other acts to do the same. The Power Tour has been a tremendous catalyst for Rhodes which we hope will inspire this year's participants."

 A special Power Tour blog has been created for this project that will feature comments, audio and film from all the Youth Music Action Zones taking part in this tour. It can be accessed at http://thepowertour.posterous.com/. You can also follow the story on the Music4U Twitter @music4uhumber and use #powertour.

Music4U is co-ordinated by the National Centre for Early Music working in partnership with the East Riding of Yorkshire, Hull, North East Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire Councils supported by Arts Council England, Yorkshire and instigated and funded by Youth Music.

To find out more about Music4U's activities, go to www.ncem.co.uk/music4u

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Editor's Notes:

Power Tour Autumn Tour - there are two rounds of this year's Power Tour. The first round takes place in the October half term holidays and involves three Youth Music Action Zones - Music4U  (25th October at Junction, Goole), More Music (26th October at The Hothouse, Morecambe) and CoMusica (27th October at The Sage, Gateshead). The second round takes place in November and involves an additional two Youth Music Action Zones - Make Some Noise (Sunday 20th November at The Sugarmill, Stoke) and The Hive (Wednesday 30th November at The Hive, Shrewsbury).

Youth Music - is the leading UK charity using music to transform the lives of disadvantaged children and young people. We support and develop exemplary music provision at every stage of a young person's development, whether it's the first time a mother and baby make music together, or a talented teen's debut at the Royal Albert Hall. Youth Music has transformed the landscape of musical opportunity in the UK. Since 1999, we've reached over two million children and young people through all types of music; both in and out of school. Music has the power to build confidence, broaden horizons and raise aspirations. Our music programmes allow vulnerable young people to find their way, take charge of their lives and unlock their hidden potential.