Bands win place in festival line-up

Scarborough band Property of Dave
Scarborough band Property of Dave

TWO Scarborough bands are set to hit the main stage at the largest youth festival in the world.

Now in its tenth year CultureShock is North Yorkshire’s youth arts festival, attracting around 4,000 each year to the four-day event.

Norton band Paprika Hotshot

Norton band Paprika Hotshot

In the run up to the festival more than 50 of the county’s aspiring young local bands fiercely competed in four Kings and Queens of CultureShock heat for a chance to play on the main stage alongside headline acts.

After impressing the judges Scarborough band indie band Property of Dave won themselves a prize slot alongside Norton rockers Paprika Hotshot.

Scarborough is now set to have a prominent representation at this year’s festival as local DJ Joshy B will be defending his ‘County Wide DJ Champion 2010-11’ title against other competitors.

As well as the two winning bands the event will also see a number of other Scarborough acts such as What Would Chuck Do, Urban Freaks, Message from Anon and SOCRE amongst others playing over the festival’s various stages as well as the likes of Blind Mouse and Furbz trying to win this years Rap Battle.

Charlie Land, the festival coordinator said: “We believe we are offering something very special and unique with CultureShock and events like the Kings and Queens become more popular as each year goes by.

“For many young bands this has become the highlight of the year.

“This year CultureShock offers all-year-round involvement with 19 lead in projects to involve young people across the county in the event.

“A four-day dedicated event like this on a greenfield site gives young people a real chance to submerge themselves in arts practice in the widest sense in a safe environment.”

CultureShock is produced by Connecting Youth Culture, part of North Yorkshire County Council’s Youth Support Service.

A huge range of music tastes will be catered for with performances on the main stage, the Urban Stage, the Tipi stage, the new open mic Shed Stage and in the 6k Vision tent.

Young people can also enjoy the skate park, bungee trampoline, the Have-a-Go unicycle course and visit the Big Top to watch top dance and theatre performances.

As well as performance opportunities, CultureShock offers workshops for people to take part in.

Scarborough’s 4Youth Service are running two coaches for young people to this years festival, which runs for four days from Wednesday, June 15 at the Yorkshire showground in Harrogate

The buses leave from Eastfield, Falsgrave and the train station and will take youngsters there and back. To book a place call 01723 508371 or for more information see www.cultureshockfestival.co.uk