Stendhal and the Nerve Centre get in SYNC

The Nerve Centre and Stendhal Festival of Art have come together in the spirit of Music City to assemble young musicians from all over the Maiden City to showcase their talents as part of the SYNC initiative at the music and arts extravaganza which takes place at Ballymully Cottage Farm, Limavady, on August 8 and 9.

The SYNC initiative brings young people fromDerry~Londonderry who want to play in bands, DJ or produce music, together for free training, thanks to the UK City of Culture’s Music Promise.

The ground-breaking SYNC programme engaged with over 700 young people five nights a week in each neighbourhood of the city during 2013. These young people formed bands, collaborated on a wealth of new material, released singles and this year will have the opportunity to perform at the Festival which currently holds the title of Ireland’s Best Small Festival as per the Irish Festival Awards.

In the three weeks prior to the event the young musicians will be mentored by local established professional musicians at the Nerve Centre, learning about the processes of putting together a full set for the performance, developing stage presence and augmenting their musical skills.

Following on from the immense success of last year’s Music Hothouse performances at the final Glasgowbury Music Festival this new initiative will see the SYNC initiative be granted their own showcase at the festival on Saturday August 9 which is set to be a sure fire hit with the performers and festival goers alike.

Organiser of Stendhal Festival, Ross Parkhill says that he is excited at the prospect of teaming up with the Nerve Centre to help nurture and promote up and coming young musicians.

“The SYNC initiative is an amazing project that will give youngsters countless performance related skills and we at Stendhal are delighted to be able to give them a platform to showcase their talents.

“We are all about encouraging young people to get involved in the creative arts and along with The Nerve Centre and their SYNC initiative, we are delighted to be doing just that.”

Marty Coyle, co-ordinator of the SYNC Initiative at the Nerve Centre said: “It’s fantastic to be witnessing the journey and progression of these young musicians over the last year. In the last 12 months we’ve seen young people from all corners of the cityexcel not only in local events in their communities and throughout the city but on the big stages such as Glasgowbury, and now this year the award winning Stendhal Festival. For some of these young people this will be their first real taste of live performance and with a setting as special as the Stendhal Festival, it will be an experience they’ll never forget.”