Video: Young musicians take to the stage at Routes

Crowds gathered at the third annual Routes Festival to support young Calderdale musicians and listen to their music.

The event, which took place last Saturday at the Orangebox Young People’s Centre in Halifax, attracted around 400 people who all came to volunteer, perform or just to listen to some great music.

Ghost Writer perform during Routes Festival at Orangebox, Halifax

Ghost Writer perform during Routes Festival at Orangebox, Halifax

Established in 2013, the aim of the festival was to provide a platform for young musicians, aged 12-24, to showcase their talents on an open and accessible stage.

Headlining the day were Halifax based alternative rock band 47 Minutes Late and acoustic duo The Last Minute and this year saw live music presented across two stages throughout the day.

This enabled more acts to perform and displayed a wider range of music styles with a variety of genres on the main stage and a more relaxed feel on the acoustic stage.

Kane Rattray, event organiser, said: “The day was a great success, I couldn’t be happier with how it went.

Routes Festival at Orangebox, Halifax

Routes Festival at Orangebox, Halifax

“We have some unbelievably talented young musicians in the area, who just need a stage and those initial breaks.”

Born out of Square Chapel Centre for the Arts ‘Write to Record’ project and ‘Youth Routes’, the festival brings local communities together and supports the development and creative growth of young musicians and entrepreneurs alike.

The festival was a huge success and Kane said: “I hope even more people will be at Routes Festival 2016 and that we can continue to build and grow each year.”