PARK Hall Academy student Matthew Hooper writes for us about taking part in the National Rock and Pop Festival, with Solihull Music Service earlier this week.
ON Monday, me and my band White Noise were given the chance to perform at the O2 Academy in Birmingham for the 2013 festival.
It was a professional affair as we were given a short slot for sound check and a place to stay before the concert. Performers were let in at the same time as the audience, covering over half of the arena’s floor space.
The scale of the event was also proven by the varied light show, accompanied by a live viewing of the concert above the stage.
We were fourth to perform and we were given two songs to play, Paris and the James Bond song Another Way to Die. It was a fantastic experience as the crowd cheered loudly.
The night closed with the Park Hall Orchestra - over 60 teenagers from the school accompanied by ukuleles.
That was it for Monday’s performances but the festival rolled on to the Tuesday too.
The O2 was the finale of events showcased by the Solihull Music Service, who have been helping teenagers with musical ability to reach their potential and develop skills in teamwork and confidence.
Our band (White Noise) have been together for over a year consisting of myself, Emily Bibb, Sam Cartwright and Daniel Weedon.
There have been many different opportunities given to us by the service such as the weekly Rock and Pop nights at locations such as Solihull Moors Football Ground and the chance to perform at Liverpool’s Cavern Club, where The Beatles performed 50 years ago.