Nerve Centre’s Young Musicians Get Ready For Stendhal

Nerve Centre’s Young Musicians Get Ready For Stendhal

For the second consecutive year young people from Nerve Centre’s music programmes will headline the ‘Keady Corner Stage’ at the award-winning Stendhal Festival next month.

The musicians will put to use skills and musicianship developed through the Nerve Centre’s Set the Stage and Music Hothouse projects, as well as the Prince's Trust ‘Get Started with Music’ programme.

Through 'Set the Stage' they have been shown the ropes of everything needed to put on a sell-out show, from devising a line-up and booking the artists through to creating marketing materials and finally delivering the gig itself.

The young people will take over the Keady Stage on Friday (12 August) night and Saturday (13 August) afternoon, making their debuts at Ireland’s Best Small Festival.

Martin McGill, Music Programme Music explained how playing Stendhal is a massive boost for young musicians trying to make their way in the world of music.

'It’s a massive incentive for up and coming musicians. With the carrot of being on the bill along-side some of the best musicians in the UK and Ireland we have seen a major upshift in the excitement and the productivity within the Hothouse Programme.

'The quality of the bands we produce is also climbing, there are a great number of our kids that will certainly raise eyebrows at Stendhal this year. You won’t have heard of them before but you will certainly be asking about them once they have finished their set.'

Through these programmes, the budding performers have been given the opportunity to become better musicians, form bands, jam with new friends, perform live and kick start a life in the music industry.

The Nerve Centre will share the stage with Belfast’s Oh Yeah Centre. Stendhal Director Ross Parkhill is delighted that both music institutions are involved with the Festival.

'Both the Nerve and the Oh Yeah provide vital and high class services to the young musicians of Northern Ireland and having them at Stendhal is a real no-brainer for us,' he said.

'Like Stendhal, they are all about nurturing, promoting and offering opportunities to up and coming artists and the quality of work they produce on a regular basis makes them an invaluable resource.

'The line-up coming as part of the Oh Yeah Scratch My Progress is outstanding and we are looking forward to hearing some brand new sounds from the guys coming from the Nerve’s Music Hothouse.'

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