Future rock stars perform 

Boys playing with music band
George Vernon playing with his band Fenrir, who took part in last year’s Rock It! project and are still gigging

Four talented young bands from Bolton’s Rock It! project will make their debut performance to the public on Tuesday, July 14.

The performers, aged between 12 and 18, are members of: No Hard Feelings; D-Fest; Hey Kid! and Altered Senses. The groups will play at Bolton YMCA, on Deansgate.

Band members met for the first time just 12 weeks ago when they joined Bolton Council’s Rock It! project which brings together young people, aged 12 to 21, from a variety of backgrounds and musical abilities.

Participants learn about playing and composing music and gain experience in group working and performing.

With an intense process of learning for all involved, budding musicians go from being a beginner to becoming experienced solo writers and performers.

The project which began in 2006 as a pilot now has its own informal volunteering project with previous year’s participants helping new members with peer mentoring, photography and design.

The Rock It! collective has also recently been established, made up of a group of young musicians who help other young people access music through training and performance opportunities. The collective will also be performing on July 14, in their band This Side Down, with their new singers who have all been rehearsing for just three weeks.

This year’s bands consist of more young women than in previous years with most bands having a female vocalist as well as playing the guitar, bass and drums.

Jacqueline Moyo, part of the five-piece group D-Fest said: “Being part of the project is great, especially as I live for singing.”

“My friends took part in last year’s Rock It! project and they inspired me to give it a go,” added Sammi Anders, 18, member of the five-piece Altered Senses.

Councillor Elaine Sherrington, Executive Member for Adult and Community Services said: “This year’s rock school has been a great success and budding musicians and vocalists have learnt so much.

“This really is a fantastic opportunity for Bolton’s young people to become involved in a great project and I would encourage residents to come out and support the bands.”

The performances begin at 7.30pm and are open to all members of the public. There will be a £1 entrance fee.

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