Punk trio ‘Lost Avenue’ have won the Derry stage of Peace Mix - a nationwide initiative to promote peace and unity amongst young people through music supported by the Big Lottery Fund (BIG).
Derry’s leading young bands recently recorded and performed in front of a panel of music industry judges and a live audience at the Peace Mix Mic Relay at the city’s Nerve Centre.
Lost Avenue, made up of Dylan Bradley (16), on vocals/guitar, Michael Brown (16), on drums/vocals and Jack Buchanan (16), on bBass/vocals, came out on top against a host of other talented local bands including
Speaking after their win, Dylan said: “We’re really chuffed we won the Northern Ireland stop of the Peace Mix tour!
“Can’t believe it and surprised but really pleased. Today was a brilliant event with some fantastic live acts and really inspiring talks with valuable advice.
“Peace Mix is such a great project - more young people should make the most of their local free music studios: They can change their life!
“The collaboration peace anthem is an epic idea, too: everyone get writing and uploading your music on peace!”
Peace Mix is a campaign by the BIG Lottery Fund and aspiring social enterprise [CITY]’s New Day Foundation (NDF), which aims to give young people across the UK a voice and the opportunity to help promote peace through music.
As part of the campaign, the Mic Relay tour is visiting music studios to promote up-and-coming talent from each area, and showcase local music facilities - funded by BIG and others - that are positive, creative spaces for young people to get involved in at little or no cost.
Lost Avenue will now compete against the winning acts from ten other cities in the semi-final event at the Eden Project in Cornwall on August 16.
In addition to the Mic Relay events, the campaign is celebrating young music talent nationwide through a groundbreaking, crowd-sourced collaboration track to which young people are being invited to contribute their lyrics, beats and music to via the Peace Mix website www.peacemix.co.uk.
One overall winner from the Eden event will be chosen to perform at the Peace Mix finale alongside special surprise guests at London’s prestigious Roundhouse on August 28.
Joanne McDowell, Big Lottery Fund NI Director, said: “We want to reach out to young people across Derry-Londonderry and Northern Ireland to give them a chance to promote peace and understanding, so they can make a positive difference in their community.
“Peace Mix is a great opportunity for not only musicians, lyricists, MCs, songwriters and poets to come forward to showcase their talent, but for all young people to support their peers and to be part of our peace themed crowd sourced collaboration track, which will be launched later this year on the International Day of Peace.”