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Media Release From Shetland Young Promoters Group:

The Shetland Young Promoters Group, in conjunction with SIC Youth Services and Shetland Arts’ ‘Band Camp’ project, is hosting ‘Rocktober’ – a gig featuring both some of Shetland’s best young bands and previously unheard collaborations created at the Band Camp event.


The gig will take place on Saturday the 22nd of October in Isleburgh’s Room 16. It will run from 7:30pm till 11pm with doors opening at 7pm. The gig will feature a wide range of musical styles from indie pop to heavy metal from bands including Automatic Chicken, Metcarpal Love, Organised Chaos and Comet Conspiracy.

The collaborations will be a result of Youth Services and Shetland Art’s Band Camp which will be running over the same weekend. A group of young musicians will be taking up residence in the Bridge End centre in Burra on Friday night and, under the guidance of tutors Bryan Peterson, Fraser Mouat, Stevie Hook and Gary Smith, aim to write songs ready to perform at the Rocktober gig the following evening and record them the next day. The camp will provide a great opportunity for the young musicians to experiment with musical styles they wouldn’t normally pursue and to receive advice and encouragement from respected and experienced musical talents from around the isles.

Eilidh Jones, current chair of the Young Promoters, said: ‘The event will allow accomplished musicians to pass on their skills and allow the younger generation to benefit from their experiences. Rocktober, the culmination of the efforts of the bands throughout the weekend, will showcase all the different talents of this dynamic group of young artists.’

Bryan Peterson, Shetland Arts Music Development Officer and one of the Band Camp tutors, said, “It’ll be an intensive weekend for the young musicians – writing, arranging, rehearsing, performing and recording brand new material, but I’m sure they’ll rise to the challenge!”

Rocktober will be the third gig organised by the Young Promoters this year, following the success of their Talent Tournament in March in which young bands competed for the chance to perform at the Young Promoters Tall Ships Showcase in July.

Tickets for Rocktober cost £4 either from the Shetland Box Office or on the door. All ages are welcome and the group wishes to stress that the event will be alcohol free.

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