Rhoda Grant (Scottish Labour) MSP for the Highlands and Islands is calling for local bands and musicians to apply to take part in the regional heat for Holyrood Rocks, that sees bands from across Scotland compete in the final to take place in the Scottish Parliament.
Holyrood Rocks aims to encourage young people’s engagement in the political process, particularly among 16 and 17 year olds, who have been given the right to vote in Scottish Parliamentary and local elections.
By showcasing young musical talent whilst relaying the importance of democratic rights and the significance of the right to vote, Holyrood Rocks hopes to encourage voter engagement across Scotland.
Throughout October, the Parliament in conjunction with the Scottish Political and Cultural Partnership will conduct 8 regional heats across Scotland. Members will be invited to select one band from their regional heat to go through to the final at the Scottish Parliament on Saturday 31 October.
Commenting, Rhoda Grant MSP said: “Inverness is hosting one of the eight regional heats for the Holyrood Rocks and we need musical talent from across the Highlands and Islands to apply and take part.
“This is an exciting opportunity to get noticed both in the region and also a chance to compete at the final in the Scottish Parliament building in Edinburgh.
“I hope local bands and musicians will consider applying to take part. The Scottish Parliament wants to hear the voice of young people who will help shape the future of politics in Scotland and the future of our country.
“This is a good way of engaging more young people to take part in the political process and to help encourage 16 and 17 year olds who have been given the right to vote to do so in the Scottish Parliament and local government elections in the coming years.”
The Highlands and Islands heat is due to take place on Saturday 3 October at The Spectrum Centre, Inverness.
Local bands/musicians in the region are urged to apply to take part before the deadline of Friday 25 September.