Young bands wow crowds at new gig Rocket Sixteen at Rutland County Museum

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A NEW music night has proved to be a big hit with youngsters in Rutland.

More than 100 teenagers turned out to see young local artists perform at Rutland County Museum on Friday as part of the county’s brand new event Rocket Sixteen.

The night also featured a DJ, a pick and mix stand, and young gig-goers enjoyed a ‘mocktail’ bar, selling non-alcoholic drinks.

The event was set up by musician Paul McClure to give local teenagers a new place to show off their talents and get noticed in a safe environment without being under the watchful eye of their parents.

Paul said: “It was a really good night and we had a great turnout despite the snow.

“We had great performances from three acts and then a couple of 10-year-olds, who played a gig and stole the show - they just amazed everyone.

“We all had a great time, a real laugh and I can’t wait for the next show.”

One of the lucky bands to perform were folk group The Tin Pigeons, and lead singer and banjo player George Norton, 17, from High Street, Uppingham, was really impressed with the whole event.

He said: “It was amazing - I’ve never played at a venue where there was a tractor in the room.

“The crowd were great, there was a really friendly atmosphere and we were all really impressed with all the bands that played.

“I think this night could really take off.”

Katie Wilkins, events organiser for Rutland County Museum, said: “It was brilliant and really pleasing to see everyone come along and enjoy the space rather than seeing it as a museum.

“We’re thoroughly looking forward to the next one and hoping it will as much of a success if not more.”

The next event is set to take place on March 30 and Paul is hoping to book acts to perform on the night.

Events are set to be held every six weeks at the museum with gigs running from 6.30pm to 9pm. Tickets are £6.

For more information about Rocket Sixteen, visit www.rutland.gov.uk/live@themuseum or pick up a live@themuseum events guide.

For tickets, call the Rutland County Museum’s box office on 01572 720 922. To making a booking, e-mail Paul McClure at rocketsixteen@hotmail.co.uk