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YMCA Newtown is proud to announce it’s teaming up with Bestival creator Rob da Bank who is launching a new monthly music club in Southampton this Friday 11th March from 6.30pm – 8.30pm.  The partnership between Rob da Bank, the Bestival Foundation and SoCo Music Project has created Rob da Bank’s Music Club, a new, inclusive, open-access monthly music workshop at YMCA Newtown Youth and Community Centre in Southampton.

Supported by the Bestival Foundation and Youth Music, the Music Club offers a variety of music making activities for young people aged 13-19 led by professional musicians and guest artists. Young people will have the opportunity to take part in a range of fun activities including DJ workshops, music production/music tech workshops, MCing, Street dance, live music jams and beginners’ guitar. Local station Voice FM will also be on hand for interviews and recording.

Rob da Bank said:“We kicked off my Music Club in Southampton last year and got such a great response we’re bringing it back this year with a brand new home. One of my lifetime missions is to help young people, without access to music making facilities, discover an instrument, a set of DJ decks, or a microphone for the first time… so please come down and join the party!”

Two lucky DJs from the Music Club will also get the chance to DJ at Common People festival this coming May.

Matt Salvage, Director of SoCo Music Project says: “We’re very excited to be developing these fantastic monthly music clubs in Newtown, providing opportunities for young people to make music with professional artists to whom they aspire in a supportive and safe environment”. YMCA Newton and Saints Foundation will have presence at the Music Club, providing support to children and young people who attend, plus more information on other activities available at the centre.

Alex Dance from SoCo Music Project said: “We are passionate about making a difference by providing positive, creative opportunities for people of all ages. Whether it is by discovering something new or nurturing creative potential, we develop projects that engage, inspire and entertain.  Over the last five years we have worked with thousands of people and delivered hundreds of projects, from early years storytelling to major music events, from intergenerational film making to regional creative conferences. We do this because we understand the need for creativity in everyone, and we see the talent all around us. “

The club will be available on March 11th, April 15th, May 13th, June 17th, July 15th, October 14th, November 11th and December 16th.  For more information on YMCA services in Newtown, visit the Youth & Community Centre page.