Get involved at music festivals

Four events designed to get as many people involved in music as possible will take place next month as part of a nationwide celebration.

Our Big Gig will bring together musicians across the country in July and organisers are busy setting up events in Stamford, Ketton, Langtoft and the Deepings.

The first will be held at Deepings Youth Centre on July 11 and is aimed at younger musicians.

There will be a series of workshops including drumming and DJing, run by teachers based in the area.

Live music will be provided by seven bands that count youth centre members among their number.

Paul Hanson, who runs the centre, said: “It’s about involving the youngsters and members are helping to plan it.”

In Stamford the team behind Stamford Festival will hold an event on the Recreation Ground on July 13.

Musicians will take to the bandstand to perform and entertain the public.

Mike Exton, who is on the festival committee, said he hoped the event would make up for the loss of the Riverside Festival, which was cancelled again this year after problems with flooding in 2012.

Mr Exton said: “We are trying to involve the community and young people and put Stamford on the map again.

“We are trying to encourage young bands because people are so quick to criticise and you don’t hear about the good guys.”

In Langtoft a family fun day and music celebration will be held at the pavilion and playing fields on July 14.

Organiser Jackie Dodds said visitors would be encouraged to have a go.

She added: “The emphasis will be on interaction and encouraging people to pick up an instrument who wouldn’t usually do so.”

And in Ketton the Witchley Warren Festival will be held at the Northwick Arms, also on July 14.

The event will feature live folk, jazz, blues and world music with the opportunity to perform and take part in workshops.

There will also be craft stalls and traders will be able to secure a pitch for free.

Our Big Gig events across the East Midlands are being co-ordinated Jenny Collins, who leads the team behind the Riverside Festival.