The Big Music Project is a lottery funded group, designed to help young people break into the music industry. That may be as musicians or it may be as writers, producers, editors, event managers, engineers, you name it. If you’re between 14 and 24 and are passionate about music, the group is there to help you on your way.
One such group of young people in Hull who are benefiting from The Big Music Project and all that it does are ‘Out Of The Blue’, a small but talented collection of teenagers who have come together to form an events company with big ambitions.
While the majority of people are quite happy to sit back and enjoy events that have been arranged and hosted by others, Out of The Blue are taking a different approach. They aim to arrange a series of pop-up events around the city, featuring an eclectic mix of local musicians, playing gigs in venues that have otherwise been ignored. Out of use buildings and venues that would not traditionally play host to live music will all be utilized as the group arranges, manages and promotes the gigs.
All of those involved will be receiving advice, experience and guidance from more experienced musicians and professionals as they look to establish themselves alongside existing events companies in Hull. Many of the group have already assisted the likes of Adam Brodie and Steward Baxter at Humber Street Sesh and have received continued support from The Warren. I have spoken to the young team myself about branding and marketing, as the team strives to learn all they can about the industry. It’s refreshing to see young people with so much passion, committing themselves to a project wholeheartedly like this.
Members of the Out Of The Blue will be gaining further experience by lending a hand at another upcoming event. On November the 1st a new group formed by popular Hull musicians Adam Brodie and Daniel Spooner will be unleashing their music on the world and raising funds to help Out of The Blue establish themselves in the city.
Thieving Harry’s on Humber Street will host the event which combines music and art and will be the first official gig for the as-yet un-named group. I will be auctioning off the artwork I’ve produced at recent festivals in aid of The Warren Youth Project and Out of The Blue and an eclectic mix of performers will be plying their trade.
Adam and Daniel are offering the public the opportunity to name their group before the gig, and win £100 along the way. Add your suggestions to Facebook or Twitter by using the hash-tag #nameournewbanduk to be in with a chance of winning.