The Futureheads help teenagers with learning

Literacy day project at Venerable Bede School,Ros Millard from the Futureheads with pupils in a music lesson.
Literacy day project at Venerable Bede School,Ros Millard from the Futureheads with pupils in a music lesson.
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THE Futureheads have been doing their bit to help Sunderland’s future generations.

Barry Hyde from the band joined a judging panel for a music competition at Sunderland College, before he and bandmate Ross Millard took part in a literacy event at The Venerable Bede CE School.

The Real Davina (top row) with the judges (bottom row L-R) Barry Hyde from The Futureheads, Martin Longstaff from The Long Poets, Joe Frankland from Generator and Tom Cotton from Amazing Radio.

The Real Davina (top row) with the judges (bottom row L-R) Barry Hyde from The Futureheads, Martin Longstaff from The Long Poets, Joe Frankland from Generator and Tom Cotton from Amazing Radio.

Soul-pop band The Real Davina saw off competition from other bands at The Emerging Talent Contest at Sunderland College’s Shiney Row campus.

Each band played a 20-minute set before a panel of four judges, which included Barry.

The Real Davina was crowned the winner and will now perform at this year’s Evolution Festival in Newcastle, sharing a bill with smash hit stars including Dizzee Rascal and Noah and the Whale.

Jordan Miller, 21, keyboard player with The Real Davina, said: “We were quite confident with how we played, but we didn’t want to take anything for granted so when our name was called out we were absolutely delighted.

“We’re a relatively unheard of band with a local following so playing at Evolution will be our biggest gig ever. Everyone is really excited.

“This should mean a few thousand more people will hear about the band and the music we play.”

The Evolution Festival takes place on Sunday and Monday, June 3 and 4.

Barry and Ross also shared their skills with students when they took part in The Venerable Bede School’s literacy drive day.

The musicians worked side-by-side with GCSE music pupils during a song writing session.

Also joining them at the Ryhope school’s event, was Martyn McFadden, editor of Sunderland AFC fanzine A Love Supreme, who gave students some tips on football writing.

All of the activities were aimed at encouraging pupils to think about how they can improve their reading and writing skills.

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