Mini music festival highlights Washington talent

Members of the Oxclose and District Young Peoples Project are holding a music festival this month.
Members of the Oxclose and District Young Peoples Project are holding a music festival this month.
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YOUNG musicians will be showcasing their talent at a mini music festival.

Youngsters from Oxclose and District Young People’s Project will be bringing Washington town centre’s skatepark to life with the sound of music this month.

A total of 10 bands will be taking to the stage to entertain the crowd for the second annual gig put on by talented youngsters at the project.

Phil McAloon, of the project, said: “The event was so successful last year that we had masses of comments waiting for us on Facebook before we had even packed up.

“We were overwhelmed by the number of positive comments and feedback we got.

“So many people were asking if it was going to be on again so we made sure it was.”

This year’s event is even bigger and better than last year, with more bands taking to the stage over a longer period of time.

The Sk8park Pandemic bill of bands is made up of music from 420, Common Error, The Dirty Mondays, Best Get Dressed, Strange Situation, Hit the Ground, Playing With Shadows, Little Languages, Off The Axis and Precious Few Heroes.

Phil said: “There are some really talented young people out there and each of the bands brings something different to the table with a variety of styles and genres of music.

“There’s going to be lots of really good music and the skatepark will be open for young people to use at the same time.

“All we need now is for the summer weather to start.”

All of the musicians are aged 13 to 19 and the event at the skatepark next to The Galleries is free for youngsters of the same age.

Music fans will need to register to get a free wristband by calling Oxclose and District Young People’s Project on 417 3382.

Sk8park Pandemic, which is being supported by Sunderland City Council, will take place on Saturday, July 14, from 2pm to 9pm.

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