SHOWCASING the talents of local bands, a mix of musical styles, hundreds of pounds raised for charity, and a good turnout – a first-of-its-kind music event in Amble has been hailed a success.
The Emerge Music Festival was staged in the town on Monday, August 22, drawing young and old.
Around 200 music lovers descended on the Town Square to be entertained by a string of musicians, including acts such as Last Seduction, Dangerous Acquaintance and Adam Hume, among others, as well as DJ Dale Townsley.
The event, which also featured a barbecue and other activities, raised more than £520 for Cancer Research UK.
Emerge was organised by teenagers Gina Mason, Alicia Hindhaugh, and Beth Young, who are all from Amble, as well as Rhiannon Roberts, from Warkworth, and Rebecca Charlton, from Morpeth.
The girls, who are now a mix of former and current pupils at James Calvert Spence College – Acklington Road, worked with the Coquet Youth Team, Amble Development Trust and Amble Town Council to make the event possible.
And Emerge hit the right note.
Sixteen-year-old Rebecca said: “For the first festival, I think it was a really good turnout and we were surprised at the different ages of people who turned up.
“Everyone who went enjoyed it and lots of the bands are wanting to make it an annual thing.”
Asked about whether Emerge would return next year, Rebecca said: “I think so.”
The girls hoped the event would be a success and promote young people in a positive light.
And Angela Manktelow, from the Coquet Youth Team which is part of the Northumberland Youth Service, admitted that Emerge had done exactly that.
“There has been a lot of positive comments from the community and people have said that it is really good to see young people organising something like this,” she said.
Angela added: “I think it went excellently.
“It gives us a base to build from.
“Bands and music are a good way of bringing young people from different cultures together.
“It is a great gatherer and a great way of crossing boundaries.”
Angela was also hopeful that Emerge could be staged again.
“I would like to think so and maybe in the future we could look at different kinds of music.
“The young people are also talking about doing something indoors in the winter – they seem quite keen to do that,” she said.
Angela added that the festival was a ‘good community event’ and thanked everybody who supported it, including the people and organisations who had lent a hand.