Young talent gets the nod to play at Y Not

Two young Amber Valley bands have been invited to join the line-up at this weekend’s Y Not festival.

The special Turn it Up (TIU) showcase slot will feature Chase the Rain from Belper and Parasight who come from Ripley. Both have been part of the TIU music development programme that is run by Belper-based Fleet Arts.

The bands have taken part in workshops run by TIU and gone on to perform at a range of TIU events. This year’s Y Not festival runs from 2nd-4th August 2013 at Pikehall, near Matlock, and the TIU bands will be performing on the Allotment Stage from 12noon to 12.30pm on Sunday, August 4.

This is the second time that TIU has had a presence at Y Not – but the first time that bands have been part of the line-up on one of the stages, rather than busking in one of the tents.

Julian Butt, who is the music development worker for the TIU programme said: ”It’s good that we can take these bands along.

“The Y Not festival organisers said that they wanted bands of high quality and who played original music. This fits in completely with what we do and helped us in making the choice for these two bands – both excellent. “

Chase The Rain are a pop punk/indie rock band with a line up of Amy Crowder (18) as lead vocalist, Nathan Fletcher (18) lead guitar, Jack Boole (18) bass and Jack Woodhouse (18 on August 8) drums and have been playing together since March 2011.

They have gigged all over the area and been getting positive feedback. All in their final years at Belper School, they practice regularly in Fleet Arts music rehearsal space. They first got involved in TIU three years ago.

Julian said: “In the workshops we have focussed on performance skills and lyric writing and through their regular rehearsing they have really come on in leaps and bounds since then.”

Parasight also focus on original music and describe themselves as playing “rock music, delivered how it should be: LIVE and LOUD with ENERGY and PASSION”.

They recently performed at the Emerge Festival 2013 and then at TIU Rock Schools at Ripley Mill Hill and John Port schools. Their members are Brad on vocals, Danny and Tom on guitars and LT (Little Tom) on drums.

Turn It Up has been running for over ten years and has supported young bands to go to festivals, thanks to some funding from Derbyshire’s Music Education Hub.

Y Not is an even longer established local tradition, with a national reputation.

Both the TIU bands performing at Y Not will also go on to play at the Larks in the Park event in Belper River Gardens on August 18, from 2pm to 4pm, alongside other local, upcoming bands.