New music club for town youngsters

Katie Jones, Matt Bell and Annie Holland
Katie Jones, Matt Bell and Annie Holland

A new music club for young people aged between 10 and 19 will be starting up in Daventry on Saturday.

The Saturday Live! music club is to be based at The Phoenix Youth Centre in Ashby Road.

The club will offer rehearsal space, tuition, the opportunity to meet like-minds and to form a band.

Young people do not need any experience or instruments of their own to join.

Since the Music Factory project ended last year after running at the Phoenix for almost 20 years, young people have been asking for a place to play music and to develop their skills.

The centre has provided a music session in its music studio during Friday night drop-in sessions since Music Factory closed, but this 
has not been able to meet demand.

Daventry and District Housing are working in partnership with The Phoenix to help get the club started, enabling young people to learn the obvious acoustic and electric guitar, bass guitar, drums and keyboards but also slightly more usual instruments like accordion and ocarina as well as giving them the opportunity to take part in the Arts Awards scheme.

The new club will continue the centre’s long tradition of supporting young musicians and giving them to opportunity to learn, perform and experience live music.

Matt Bell, music leader at the Phoenix Youth Centre said “I attended the Music Factory project for over a decade and saw the huge difference it made to Daventry young people in developing their musicianship and social skills.

“I am proud and excited to be in a position to continue the club’s legacy at The Phoenix.”

The sessions will run every Saturday from 2pm to 5pm and cost £2 per person.

To find out more about the sessions, go along to the Phoenix during the club session and speak to Matt Bell or Katie Jones.