Young bands promoted

Shetland Young Promoters Group will hold their first event, an over 12s alcohol free gig, in the Aith Hall on Friday 20th February between 7 and 11pm.

Dubbed Rock vs Rave, the night will feature performances by local bands The Revellers, Pets in Jars and Happy Hour, together with DJs Nadia and Murray.

Shetland Young Promoters Group is a joint initiative between Shetland Arts and Shetland Youth Services. The group, which formed in late 2008, consists of 12 people between 14 and 18 years old. Committee members include chairman Ryan Stevenson, vice chairwoman Lana Thomson, treasurer James Spans­wick and vice treasurer Karl Smiles. The group meet every Saturday to plan their events. Each week they receive support and advice from local music industry professionals including Fraser Mouat and Stevie Hook.

Other events the group are planning include the Shetland Youth Music Conference on 18th April and a Silent Disco on May 22nd, where the audience wear wireless head­phones instead of listening to music through speakers.

Bryan Peterson, Shetland Arts’ Music Development Officer, said: “The aim of the group is to give young people the real-world skills and knowledge to manage and pro­mote their own events. It also gives younger audiences a chance to experience live performances in a safe, alcohol free environment.”

“They’ve a really enthusiastic bunch and they’ve been working hard in the run up to the gig.”

Ryan Stevenson said: “We have organised some excellent bands and DJs and it’s shaping up to be a great night. A lot of effort has been put into the night and I’m sure it will pay off.”

Tickets for the Rock vs Rave night cost £6 and are available from the Shetland Box Office, Islesburgh Community Centre, Lerwick, on (01595) 745555.


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