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Viva La Youth

A week of inspiration; music, debate, masterclasses, workshops and industry events for the next generation.

Running from Mon 6 July until Sat 11 July, Viva La Youth is open to young people aged 0 – 25 years.

Viva La Youth…

*  Is a platform for young people’s voices to influence the future

*  Connects artists across the North West with the music industry

*   Inspires the next generation to explore creative career progression

*   Recognises the importance of early musical experiences

*   Showcases North West artists


Viva La Youth programme:

Monday 6 July
2pm | Unique Beatz Session led by Sarah Fisher (with Unique Kidz)
6pm | Reaching Out youth network meeting.

Tuesday 7 July

10am | Clapping Song Early Years Session
2pm – 4pm | SEN Teachers Network music making training session
3pm | Bay Youth Voices ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ video premiere
6.30pm | screening of Bring Me Sunshine recorded by Baybeat in their recent ‘At Home’ season. Watch online at our Facebook page

Wednesday 8 July

1pm – 3pm | Join the debate “Will gigs ever be the same again?’

Panel discussion open to young people ages 12 – 25

Book your free place here

Chaired by Jeff Thompson from Un-Convention.

What will the music scene look like?
How can we use space differently for live music?  


Stewart Parsons | Get It Loud In Libraries

Miriam Randall | CEO and Artistic Director,  Brewery Arts Centre

Stew Baxter |  LIFE

An open debate for young people aged between 12 – 25


4pm – 5.30pm | Workshop leadership skills led by Boom Dang

For young people aged 16 – 25 interested in developing their skills and knowledge of workshop delivery.

A hands on workshop using live loops on Logic, melodic guitar riffs, animation with music, emoji’s to create rhythms and a bonkers word hocket, we will share the methods and philosophies that we use when running sessions. 

In the other universe we would be together face-to-face running this session, with all our instruments, however, we have adapted the Sharing of Practice to be run online.

As a participant, you will become a big kid again and have loads of fun!”

All you will need is  a pen/pencil, paper and a teddy (or something squishy you can throw!

Limited places – to book a place email:

Thursday 9 July

1pm – 3pm | Demo feedback panel. With radio/label gatekeepers. Ever wondered how to get your track played on the radio? This is the event for you!

Shell Zenner | BBC Introducing, Amazing Radio 
Courtney Askew Conti | Warners AR 
Ben Hall | Mr Ben & the Bens

This workshop is a chance for you to get feedback on your demo from a panel of music professionals.

If you would like to submit a track or video for the demo panel and join the discussion, please email Rachel at:

5pm – 7pm | Meet the Industry panel discussion and Q & A 

A masterclass and discussion to inspire the next generation to explore creative career progression. Connecting young people with professionals from the music industry to offer advice, guidance and inspiration.

Book your free place here

Jeff Thompson | Unconvention 
Shell Zenner | BBC introducing, Amazing Radio 
Andy Porter |  Social Chain
Claire Windsor | Sound Design / engineer at the Royal Shakespeare Company
Courtney Askew Conti | Warner Music AR 
Holly Ross |  Lovely Eggs
Ben Hall | Mr Ben & the Bens

Read our Viva la Youth Guest Biogs

Friday 10 July  

6pm | Stages Live in Lockdown 2 – an online gig showcasing bands and artists from across the North West. Featuring an exclusive headline set by Zoe from LIINES.

Watch online on our Facebook page

Also featuring:

Charlie J

Rich Kid Problems

Buried in a Battlefield

Gavin Neil

Hannah McMillan


Bay Youth Voices

Saturday 11 July 

10am | Rachael Dadd & Ichi present (((on pa))), an all ages family show for children age 0 -10 year old, as seen at last year’s Catch the Wind Kite Festival.

Watch online at our Facebook page

((( On Pa ))) invite you the audience to become an orchestra with them.

((( On Pa ))) meaning sound wave in Japanese is the brand new collaboration of Japanese musician and inventor ICHI and contemporary folk artist Rachael Dadd.

It is a joyful and explorative celebration of sounds from our everyday lives – a lively and meditative auditory and visual journey – an experience to be universally shared and enjoyed by all cultures and all ages.

((( On Pa ))) use handcrafted instruments made from found objects, alongside experimentally playing with steel drum, clarinet, banjo and voice.

Projections and live drawing, ball games, water, ice, books and more are playfully woven through the performance.

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