First underage music festival in London

London is to play host to what organisers claim is the first "credible" music festival solely for children and teenagers Friday, where alcohol is prohibited and adults are banned.

First underage music festival in London
London is to play host to what organisers claim is the first "credible" music festival solely for children and teenagers Friday, where alcohol is prohibited and adults are banned.

The Underage Festival, which is to take place in a park in the east of the British capital, is the brainchild of a 15-year-old music promoter who is behind a popular club night in London for under-18s.

Cutting-edge indie talent on the verge of the mainstream has been lined up to entertain an expected capacity crowd of 5,000 teenagers.

Ticket holders, who have paid 20 pounds (30 euros, 40 dollars) for the privilege, will have to prove their age is 18 or under in a neat reversal of the policy at the door of most adult music venues.

A creche area outside has been created for parents who wish to wait for their children and the event website (www.underagefestivals.com) includes a special "parents" section with information about security.

Organiser Sam Killcoyne, the son of a little-known indie musician, is said to have begun organising his underage club nights after being turned away from a concert by The Buzzcocks, a British punk band, at the age of 14.

"It (the festival) is just going to be massive version of the club over three stages. A day's worth of undiluted fun and mayhem minus the adults," he said.

The festival is being sponsored by some of the biggest names in youth culture, including online music and social networking website MySpace, sneaker brand Converse, MTV and BBC radio.

The success of Killcoyne's monthly underage nights, held in a theatre on Saturday afternoons in southeast London, has sparked talk of a veritable "underage" scene in some British music publications.

Copycat events have sprung up in the British capital and have spread to other cities, where teenage punks, goths and "new ravers" -- a mix of indie rock and the 1980s rave scene -- go wild to adolescent guitar grinding.

"Underage will be the world's first strictly under-18s credible music festival," says the press release.

"Music-savvy youngsters will be able to attend a festival of their own for the first time."

The idea is to hand a bigger stage to the bands who play regularly at Killcoyne's club nights as well attracting new followers to the underage music scene.

It also gives peace-of-mind to anxious parents, with alcohol banned and the crowd made up of agemates of 14-18.

The music even finishes at 8:00 pm, making an early bedtime a possibility.

The line up includes about 30 guitar bands, few of which are widely known, including Cajun Dance Party, Blood Red Shoes, The Young Knives and I Was A Cub Scout.

AFP
Last Mod: 09 Ağustos 2007, 16:44
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