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Turning over a new leaf

If you’re viewing this, then welcome to our new website! Packed with information, news and (soon to be) events, we hope this provides all you need to know whether you’re interested in joining us or already a Rockiteer. Thanks to Deepest Media for an excellent job.

We hope you all had a good summer, and to celebrate the launch, feast your eyes on our latest Rock It! festival video from July 2017 courtesy of The Video Box TV . You can view all our festival videos here

 

Thank you Taurus Cranes!

Thank you to Taurus Cranes who have, for the third time, helped sponsor the Rock It! Festival taking place this year on Saturday 29th July at Queens Park, Bolton. Taurus Cranes have supported our work for a number of years and have provided for the young people of Greater Manchester through their contributions. 

Rock It! lives on

Support for Rock It! is still at a high with Bolton’s recent Upload day-long festival promoting and raising funds for our project. Taking place at the Alma Inn live music venue and featuring Rock It! bands playing amongst a host of established artists from across the UK, Upload proved a great success. Thanks go to the event organisers, the venue, Carrs Pasties for providing sustenance, and all the bands who played on the day, including our very own Motorbreath and Native Wasteland. See below for photos and video

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The sound of music

Well, the Rock It! end of year gig for current participants is taking place tomorrow evening, Saturday 5th March at St Gregory’s Social Club – map here. Professional recording sessions for the bands are still to come, but to whet your appetite, visit our Soundcloud page to hear live recordings from last year’s Rock It! summer festival featuring artists on show tomorrow.

A big thank you to our lovely friends from DOA Studios who have provided the live mixes from all performers on the day. Click here to listen.

In addition, Rock It!’s second photoshoot of the year has brought some excellent images for your visual delight, courtesy of Cam-Did Camera:

 

Worth the wait

Rock It! proudly presents:

Summer 2015 Festival video (soundtrack from Backwater Bloom):

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Final mixes of original tracks recorded May 2015 by 2014-15 bands Arcade Classics, Backwater Bloom, Beauty and the Beasts, Pseudonym, Three Dimensional and Total Opposites:

Hope you like them 🙂

Oh, what a day

The video for our 2014 festival at Queens Park, Bolton is now available to view here. It was filmed by the lovely Adrian Barber from Bigger Picture Arts and features a new track from our youngest band ever; ‘All About Life’ by Arcade Classics.

You can also watch our other videos on our Youtube Channel

 

We made the news!

Taken from The Bolton News:

by Melanie Wallwork , Entertainment reporter1:34pm Wednesday 30th July 2014 in News 

 

50 acts perform at Rock It! festival in Queens Park

TALENTED young musicians were given the chance to be rock stars for the day at a music festival in Bolton.

The sixth Rock It! Festival saw more than 50 acts take to the stage at Queens Park, including bands and acoustic singers.

Rock It! is a year-long music project which meets at Redbridge Studios, in Breightmet Fold Lane, Breightmet, to give 11 to 18-year-olds with a passion for music and the arts the chance to perform and learn new skills.

It is run by volunteers and music fan Mindee Hutchinson, who worked at Roadrunner Records in London, a music label that looks after international bands, including Nickle-back and Slipknot.

She said: “It went really well. We got more than 1,000 people there on the day — families, teenagers, it was awesome.

“This is the fourth time in Queens Park, and the sixth time we’ve done a festival, and this is the first time it’s not rained.

“Everyone was just sat in the field, there was a festival atmosphere.”

Rock It! specialises in the creation of original new music, developing young musicians and composers who performed at Saturday’s festival.

Mindee, a mother-of-two, who lives in Bromley Cross, said: “They were saying, can we go back on? It was just amazing. For some of them, it’s the first and last time they are going to experience something like that.

“For some of them, it’s about learning about how to perform and keep performing when you make a mistake and how to deal with a big crowd. It’s a once in a lifetime experience.”

As well as the music, there were volunteers running stalls, including loom band making and face painting.

For more information on signing up to next year’s Rock It! project, which is funded by various charities, including the BBC Performing Arts Fund and the Arts Council, visit rockitbolton.com

Never mind disability, it’s all about ability

Why bother with partnerships? Rock It! got the answer to this in June, when our work with Chatsworth High School in Salford, a school working with young people with profound and moderate physical and learning disabilities, culminated in a spectacular 3-day music and arts festival, introducing audiences to a multitude of new experiences.

Chatsworth organiser, Tracey Holmes, said, “It was hard work but an absolutely amazing experience for our students, and the organisations and other schools who visited the festival each day. Our young people got the chance to take on new responsibilities and be shown that they can be just as creative and innovative as anyone else. It has really built up their confidence and engaged students who otherwise would not.”

Amongst the highlights were performances from band Beaumont College Records based in Lancaster and our own Electric Wood who took audience participation to a new level!

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Our members were also involved in planning, training and delivering the event alongside Chatsworth students, who took on their new roles with diligence and enthusiasm. It was great to see so many Rock It! jackets on show!

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Students from Chatsworth made up the security ‘A-Team’!

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And look like they’ve been doing it for years!

Other activities included drumming workshops, mosaic creation, zumba, tie-dye art and even a rave! Our congratulations go to the school staff and students for a successful and highly inspirational event. Rock It! looks forward to working with Chatsworth School many times in the future!

 

Chatsworth Arts Festival gets a dose of Rock It!

Rock It! staff, volunteers and trainees are working alongside young people with special education needs and disabilities to deliver Chatsworth School‘s first ever music and arts festival in Salford, Greater Manchester.

The festival takes place at the school from Tuesday 24th June to Thursday 26th June from 11am-3pm each day. It will feature disabled and additional needs performers, and also introduce its audience from the school to other artists such as the BBC Philharmonic and Manchester-based bands and songwriters.

Rock It!, who are currently developing a new project for young adults with profound disabilities and learning needs, have been involved in providing music workshops with students to lead to performances and helping with event co-ordination and delivery during the festival, as well as putting in some performances for the audience.

We would love to see you there – here’s how to find us: http://bit.ly/Um13Mm

Long hot summer

Well, it’s been a while since we last updated you about what we’re up to. The summer break is over and we’re now into our Autumn term, but before we move on, here’s a round up of what we got up during those sunny (and rainy) days in August.

Rock It! Festival, Queens Park, Bolton

On 4th August we battled the elements (will we ever get perfect weather?!) to showcase our new and established acts at our annual outdoor festival. We had over 24 acts on the main stage and acoustic stage, stalls with activities such as face painting, arts and crafts, smoothie bike, juggling, bath bombs, tombola, raffle and much, much more. Thanks to our brilliant and enthusiastic volunteers, families and young people alike, the event went without a hitch and despite the weather, was one of our busiest so

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We’ve put together some pictures for you below, and you can also see a video of the day courtesy of Box TV on YouTube.

 

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Other events

Rock It! seems to be in big demand nowadays. We provided performers and a stall for the Moses Gate Summer Fair and Bolton Hospice‘s Party in the Park this year. Both events were such a success, that we hope to expand our presence to other events in the future and provide even more servces such as pa systems, comperes and stage management using our rank of trained and experienced young music industry professionals.

If you are interested in working with Rock It! on your event, please contact us.

 

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