College Bands To Rock The Netherlands

Sat, 09/06/2001 - 01:00

A group of college students are getting the opportunity to strut their musical stuff at a rock festival in Holland.

Over 30 music and performing arts students from East Durham College, in Peterlee, will play at the ‘Screw Houston, Start Screaming’ music festival held at Ex Voto in Voorhout in Holland, on Friday 9th March.

A number of bands from the College played at last year’s festival, which was such massive success that the promoter immediately began to organise this year’s event.

Dutch event organiser Richard Grimbergen commented: “We were delighted by the standard of musical performance at last year’s festival. East Durham College should be very proud to have such talented young people.”

When asked about the line up for this year’s event he added: “We have a more eclectic mix of acts this year. We have pop, rock and folk bands coming to perform from all over Europe.

“The event is wonderful because although we all play different types of music and all speak different languages we are united by the same desire to rock the roof off!”

The East Durham College student bands performing include Rankin Full Stop, Albino Ben, Broken Network and Stevie Stoker.

College Music Lecturer Marc Oliver, a professional musician himself, is very excited to be part of the project.

“At East Durham College we make all aspects of the course as vocationally relevant as possible. This is a real gig. The students have to prepare risk assessments, design publicity material, write and record music, sort out equipment, design t-shirts, rehearse and perform. It is all aspects of the work you would normally do as a freelance artist. The experience is invaluable,” said Oliver.

For music student Joseph Ashcroft, aged 18, from Shotton, the opportunity to perform abroad is a dream come true. “The Diploma in Music course here at College is fantastic. We get to learn about music and we get to be international rock stars. It’s brilliant really,” added Joseph.

The trip is organised by East Durham College’s Creative Industries Department in conjunction with Live Business London and Ex Voto.