Young musicians wow the crowd at Norwich Sound and Vision festival

Black Shuck playing at the Sound+Vision young stage at the Birdcage. Photo: Bill Smith

Black Shuck playing at the Sound+Vision young stage at the Birdcage. Photo: Bill Smith

A packed venue greeted a host of music stars of the future when they took to the young people's stage at the Norwich Sound and Vision festival.

Six bands, with members aged from 10 upwards, played at The Birdcage in Norwich on Saturday, with most having received support from the Community Music East's (CME) Accelerator project.

Wolf Zombies, a four-piece rock band formed of 10 and 11-year-olds wowed the crowd, with some people unable to fit into the venue.

Clara Wiseman, from CME, said: 'They went down really well and there were other younger kids who came in to see them.

'They had performed at school before, but this was their first public gig. They just took it in their stride and they were just fearless. Everyone was blown away.'


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Other groups included The Mondegreens, a Norwich-based four-piece indie rock band, whose members are aged 16 but who have been working with CME since they were about 10. A thunder and lightning storm added to the atmosphere as they played.

Another highlight was Lobster, an eight-person funk, jazz and soul-inspired group from Norwich.

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Ms Wiseman said: 'They were very, very good. We were just amazed by the standard of their playing, and they created a really good atmosphere.'

Comic Book Ending, The Slides and Black Shuk also won praise for their performances.

Ms Wiseman encouraged bands or musicians aged 13-18 to get in touch for support. For more information about Community Music East's Accelerator project, see www.cme.org.uk

What did you think of the young people's stage? Write (giving your full contact details) to: The Letters Editor, EDP, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich NR1 1RE or email EDPLetters@archant.co.uk

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