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Battle of the bands with a difference


6:14am 11th May 2012

North Yorkshire County Council:

Battle royal for the Kings and Queens of CultureShock

Young, up-and-coming bands all over North Yorkshire will be battling for a place on the main stage at this year's CultureShock festival - the county's unique four-day youth arts event.

Over 3,000 young people are expected to attend the main event in June at the Yorkshire showground, Harrogate, for the only youth festival in the country to offer a four-day greenfield-site experience.

Throughout May over 55 of the county's aspiring young local bands will be competing in four separate heats called Kings and Queens of CultureShock for the chance to play on the main stage alongside headline acts.

The headline acts this year are DJ duo "The Cut Up Boys" and "Rosie", a band which has been developed in previous years through support from North Yorkshire County Council's Connecting Youth Culture 6K Vision records project.

Two lucky winners from each area heat will be picked to play before a huge crowd and to get a real taste of what life is like working in the music industry. However, all acts are guaranteed a slot at CultureShock on one of the six music stages.

The dates and locations of the heats, which are free at attend, are:

Fri 11th May - Manor Farm Youth Centre, Tadcaster
Fri 18th May - CultureShack Youth Arts Centre, Bedale High School
Sat 19th May - Starbeck Youth Centre, Starbeck, Harrogate
Fri 25th May - Westwood Campus, Scarborough

CultureShock, which is now in its 11th year, promises a bumper programme of shows and projects.
The festival runs over four days from Wednesday 20th June to Saturday 23rd and this includes six main events: three schools days targeting 800 school students each day; the Big Dance evening on Thursday with dance performances from across the region, Proms performance on the Friday and the main festival event on Saturday.  Hundreds will camp overnight on Friday and Saturday under supervision.  

County Councillor Arthur Barker, North Yorkshire's Executive Member for the Children and Young People's Service said:

"CultureShock has become a major event in the summer calendar for the region's young people.  It also gives our young people a chance to enjoy and learn about a range of arts. 

"The kings and queens battle-of-the-bands is hugely popular and gives aspiring young musicians a great opportunity at the festival  to showcase a wealth of talent."   

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