Rock the Boat, Baby!

Mon, 2000-11-06 00:00

A group of 36 college students are to perform at Ex-Voto, a music fest which will feature an international line up of acts including bands from America and across Europe and Peterlee!

The music and performing arts students from East Durham College will spend 2 days in Holland and perform at the prestigious music venue Ex-Voto.

The bands perform in a range of styles from the classic rock sound of the ‘Revenge of Elmo’ to the high-energy skate punk sound of ‘Idiots on Holiday’

The trip is just another example of the College’s vibrant approach to learning.

Nathaniel Isebor, 20, who comes from London, but lives in Sunderland said: “its going to be so good! We are doing a performance on the boat, me and Shannon have choreographed a sick dance, it’s a mix between contemporary and street dance, we’re going to rock the boat!”

Shannon Blakemore, 16, from Easington also commented: “I’m really excited. I think its going to be a great experience for all of us all, not just the performances but watching some great bands from around the world”.     

Students have to prepare promotional publicity material, risk assessments, websites, equipment lists, and much more for the trip - along with learning the repertoire they intend to perform.

William Nicholson, professional musician and lecturer at the College, is responsible for getting the three bands into shape, and loves getting to help nurture the talented students on such an exciting project.

“There is a lot of hard work involved and it is stressful pulling everything together in time for the gig. It’s also extremely exciting and a very real vocational experience for the students,” he said.

As part of the trip the students will also get to provided the entertainment to the passengers aboard the P&O ferry they are catching from Hull to Rotterdam.

The trip has been organised in conjunction with Live Business, a leading West End theatrical agency, and it gives students the chance to perform in a real environment and see, quite literally, if they can do it on the big stage.