No booze needed to have fun at Sober Island Nites

The Procrasintators impressed at last year's Battle of the Bands competition and will no doubt do it again for thw Woodlands audience on Friday. Photo: Sacha Mitchell.

The Procrasintators impressed at last year's Battle of the Bands competition and will no doubt do it again for thw Woodlands audience on Friday. Photo: Sacha Mitchell.

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PROVING that you don’t need alcohol to have a good night out is a series of ‘Sober Island Nites’ – musical events especially for Island young people - the first kicking off tonight (Friday, October 26th) in the Woodlands Centre, 7.30pm-10.30pm.

Funded through the Alcohol and Drugs Partnership and presented by the Battle of the Bands group and Outreach Project, over the next six months the ‘Sober Island Nites’ aim to promote responsible and healthy lifestyles through the organisation of alcohol-free music events for young people – aged 12 to 18 – at established island music venues.

Graeme Miller of Community Learning and Development, which manages and supports the Outreach Project, expands: “Music brings people of all ages together and music events provide an ideal setting for demonstrating that you can have a good time without alcohol.

“Also, there has been such a strong music scene on the island over the past few years and there is a lot of local music the young people can identify with.”

He continues: “We hope to have some great, relaxed, fun nights where young people can get to hear local acts playing at the best local venues.

“The plan is for some of the established local artists to play at these events alongside the young bands, and we are lucky enough to have both Willie Campbell and Miss Irenie Rose playing at the first ‘Sober Island Nite’ at the Woodlands Centre.”

Indeed, a plethora of island talent will be on display at the Woodland Centre tomorrow night, Friday, October 26th. As well as Willie Campbell and Miss Irenie Rose, Lewis band Stuttgart Traffic will perform an acoustic set and four acts from last year’s music competition Battle of the Bands – Lauren Macleod, The Procrastinators Pizzicato and Ellen Macleod and Kerry Macleod – will also strut their stuff.

And the ‘Sober Island Nites’ are also set to be incorporated into the Battle of the Bands 2012/13 programme, as Graeme explains: “This year’s Battle of the Bands will feature a mix of showcase gigs and ‘Sober Island Nites’ which will give local singer songwriters and bands lots of opportunities to play live before the Battle of the Bands final which is planned for February 2013.”

He continues with even more new and exciting developments for the musical competition: “For the first time ‘Battle of the Bands’ is available as an elective subject at The Nicolson Institute and, through this elective, a group of young people are learning the skills required to organise, promote and run musical events.”

If you would like to find out more, play at a Battle of the Bands showcase or get involved in organising the events, check out the Battle of the Bands Facebook page or get in touch with Graeme on 07717816477.