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Summer of Success for Youth Bands

Summer 2023 has been busy for ELJam: full of festivals and sunshine!

We started in May in Haddington, where we partnered with Haddstock and the Bridge Centre to run our first ever Battle of the Bands. This saw 10 new bands from ELC high schools coming together to compete in front of a packed room and some very prominent and successful judges from the music business. Click here for more details.

Following on from this success, we took a number of these bands plus some other youth bands from around East Lothian, to Fringe by the Sea in North Berwick

Next on the list of highlights was for Red Raven, Gaslight and Room 27 to perform at Hops in the Garden: an absolutely fantastic food and beer festival held at Archerfield Walled Garden in aid of Leuchie House.

And last but not least, the brilliant Dunbar Music Festival invited ELJam to host a youth showcase at their weekend long event in September. Six high school bands took part in this and they absolutely did themselves, their schools and ELJam proud!

Relaunch of Acoustic cafe

The Fraser Centre is planning the return of its live music nights for young performers (up to 25 years old) from Saturday 20th January. We hope to have 5 or 6 singers/ musicians lined up for a night of great, live music that can be enjoyed by friends, family and the wider community.

If you are a musician or singer from fa’side or go to school in the Tranent cluster, we would love your help designing the relaunch of the music nights. Pop along to the Fraser Centre café on Friday 3rd November from 12.30 to find out more and have your say. Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information or to note interest please contact me at alison@thefrasercentre.com.

Dunbar Music Festival

Sat 23 Sept 11am-3pm Dunbar Parish Church

ELjam is hugely excited to be staging a youth bands showcase at Dunbar Music Festival on Sat 23rd September. Featuring six bands from East Lothian high schools, this promises to be a fantastic day of music and a superb display of talent. We are also delighted to have Nicky Dannaher from East Coast FM joining us as our compere for the day.

The line up is:

11:00-11:25       Cardiac Arrest (Dunbar Grammar)

11:35-12:00       Queen Spirit (North Berwick High School)

12:10-12:35       The Watts (Dunbar Grammar)

12:45-13:10       Gaslight (Knox Academy)

13:20-13:45       Kings of Lugton (Prestonlodge High School)

13:55-14:20       Room 27 (Dunbar Grammar)

Entry is free and there will be a soft drinks and snacks bar available.

Dunbar Music Festival runs from Fri 22 to Sun 24 September and has gigs at various venues all over the town. Click here to see the line up of free gigs and click here for details of our youth showcase, including venue location. There are two brilliant headliners as well: Gruff Rhys and Callum Easter & The Roulettes. All in all a weekend NOT to be missed!