INSIDE SOUTH HOLLAND LEISURE CENTRE: What’s in store for centre’s Youth Takeover group?

Past and present members of South Holland Centre's Youth Takeover.
Past and present members of South Holland Centre's Youth Takeover.

We caught up with the Centre’s Youth Takeover team to see what they’ve been up to and what’s in store for 2014.

First of all, what is Youth Takeover?

We’re a group of young people who meet at the centre on Tuesdays to plan and organise things we want to happen. We have a group leader, Emily, and we work closely with centre staff who offer help and advice. We’re all about supporting new and upcoming talent by bringing young artists and their work to Spalding, brightening up the community.

Why are you involved in Youth Takeover?

Ethan: I wanted to gain experience gigging and get an insight into the music business. I have been able to further my own music through performing regularly too.

Emer: I have an interest in broadcast journalism so I joined to develop my professional skills and portfolio.

Stu: The great friendships! Having the opportunity to be a part of the recording process, and seeing musicians play live. It’s great to see musicians progressing and developing as artists and being a part of that.

Josh: To experience new things and get involved in things that I enjoy.

What has Youth Takeover achieved over the past 18 months?

Stu: We’ve run some big events including a loud band night called Gigabyte, an outdoor music event Music In the Market Place and then we organise the more relaxed monthly Acoustic Café sessions. Through this we’ve learned how to liaise with professional artists and venues when booking events. On a personal level, I’ve met new people who have offered me work because of the filming I have done at Youth Takeover.

What have you got planned for 2014?

We’re currently recording a Youth Takeover EP. We are learning production skills from Sam Loose (of N/A Studios, Wisbech) and the featured musicians are getting lots of recording experience. It’s very exciting. The completed EP will be launched at Acoustic Café on March 25. After that, we get back to planning for the next Music in the Market Place festival.

Group leader Emily Bowman added “I feel the group has really started to discover what they are capable of. It is going to be interesting to see where they go from here and how they use what they have learned.

“Tonight, the group is hosting Acoustic Café in the Centre’s Lounge Bar from 6pm to 7.30pm, featuring some really brilliant acts: The Straights, Amy Palmer, Tommy Loose and 2/3rds of Gypsy Heart .

Anyone can come along and listen for free, and we would particularly encourage any new members to come and meet us.”