HAILSHAM: Donation hits all the right notes for young musicians

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YOUNG musicians have been given a boost from police.

The Gotta Boom Project received £400 from the Police Property Act Fund, run by the Community Safety Dept at Sussex Police HQ, following a bid by PC Trevor Perks.

Trevor said, “I’m a massive music fan and I was lucky enough to be at last year’s Gotta Boom concert at the Hailsham Pavillion. I was bowled over by the high standards of the youngsters performing there. These are potentially the stars of tomorrow, and without the likes of Gotta Boom, they’ll be passed over as X Factor and other self-serving organisations promote far less talented musicians due to their limitless funds. I’m really glad that Sussex Police has seen fit to support such a superb organisation as Gotta Boom.”

In addition to performing in the Hailsham Carnival Procession on June 18 and at Lark in the Park on June 25, 12 members of the Gotta Boom Project musical acts will perform at Boom Night 2 at Hailsham Pavilion on July 2 at 5pm and 8pm.

The show will feature sets from Audio Six, Sutek, City on Fire, Ross and the Wrongens, The Masts, Dinosaur Attack, Tonight We Fly, South of Saturn, Issy Hoole, Hope Rudd, Nick Streeter and Lucas Perks.

Chair of the project Josie Tipler said, “We are delighted at the interest we have had from local business including financial support from Sussex Police. Hailsham Pavilion, Tesco and Lark in the Park have all been supportive of our performances plus we have had help from printing.com@Accomplice RedSwitch Recordings and Computers for Charities. Thanks also go to all of the wonderful musicians and to the founder of the project, Tony Newton who had a vision and is really going for it!.”

Mr Newton said, “The aim of Gotta Boom Project is to create opportunities for original and creative performances of local young musicians – often they have to play covers of popular songs in order to get gigs.

“But there are huge numbers of creative musicians who rarely get heard because of this yet write great songs. We aim to source events and venues accessible to all ages so that those too young to go into pubs, the usual venues for gigs. Ultimately we want the public and the management of venues to embrace the new, and support our musicians. They will make them proud one day!”

Tickets for the Hailsham Pavilion shows on July 2 are just £5 or £12.50 for a family ticket from the Box Office on 841414 www.pavilionhailsham.co.uk. www.gottaboom.blogspot.com