Big chance for young bands

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After its sell out success in 2013 and 2014, Routes returns with another day of the best in unsigned music at Orangebox young people’s centre, Halifax.

Headlining this year’s festival will be Halifax based, alternative rock band “47 Minutes Late” and acoustic duo “The Last Minute”

Routes Festival provides a platform for young musicians aged 12-24 to showcase their talents on an open and accessible stage.

This year we will present live music across two stages throughout the day, encompassing a wide range of musical styles – from pop to indie, metal to acoustic.

Festival Organiser Kane Rattray says: “Routes was set up to encourage a more unified, sharing music scene.

“It can be so tricky for new bands to book gigs due to their age, or lack of opportunities available. We want to provide that initial break, to give new acts the chance to hone their skills, build confidence and empower young musicians to then go out and confidently book shows, play live and maybe one day make a career out of their music.”

Young people are very much at the core of Routes Festival.Born out of Square Chapels’ 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.

This ethos is carried through to the way Routes Festival is delivered, recruiting teams of young volunteers to help plan, develop and deliver the festival all the way from marketing, press and photography, to technical support and catering.

In its inaugural year (June 1, 2013), crowds were blown away by the talent of young musicians. An estimated 700 people flocked to Orangebox Young People’s Centre to see around 27 local bands aged between 11 and 25 perform a variety of music on two open stages: the main stage and the acoustic stage. It now goes from strength to strength.