On 15 September Junior Open Mic performers from all over South London will gather to perform at JOM Micro Music Festival II in Brockwell Park.
Thirty-two acts (totalling 52 young artists with an average age of 12) will perform one song each before two top local guest acts – one of which is already signed with Rough Trade Records – appear.
Within a two-mile radius of Herne Hill station are four independent Junior Open Mics – including the largest and second largest in the UK. Pretty handy for aspiring young musicians when you consider that there are merely a handful in the entire country.
Organiser Andy Gray from JOM, the parent-led community group behind the festival, says the line-up is comprised of self-driven performers.
“Some are making their public debut, others are veterans. Our aim is to move young performers on from performing at home or Junior Open Mics (which are more intimate gigs).
“However, the festival is not entirely about showcasing talent. It’s also about building confidence and encouraging performance by making young performers feel as special as possible.
“So the format has festival-quality sound, a performers’ VIP tent with complimentary refreshments, two performer assistants and a green room.”
Pushing Herne Hill further to the centre of youth music in September will be “No ID” – a music event at Off The Cuff Music Bar in Railton Road with a line-up of five experienced young bands.
As the name suggests, it’s also a chance for young people to experience a proper gig. Parent organiser Kester Brewin said this will be the sixth No ID event in 18 months.
“We scout for youth bands at local talent contests like Battle of the Bands or the BRIT School. “Most of the audience are aged 14-17 and we run from 3 to 6.30pm, so it’s safer for teenagers making their way home.”
No ID are also keen to build youth talent in areas other than music performance – handing over design, fanzine creation, lighting etc to young people so that they can hone their skills in a professional environment.
JOM Micro Music Festival II
15 September 1-5pm
Brockwell Park by Brockwell Hall, Admission free Reservations: http://bit.ly/JOM-2 You can bring a picnic and a bottle of wine. Seating at the front, picnic at back.
The festival encourages £3 donations (or what you can afford) to Brockwell Park Community Partners – the charity that has paid the event’s licensing and insurance costs. Donations here.
29 September, 3-6.30pm
Off The Cuff Music Bar, Railton Road, Tickets £5 – buytickets.at/NoID
Local Junior Open Mics
- Junior Open Mic – Sundays @ Off The Cuff Music Bar (contact firstname.lastname@example.org for dates)
- Brixton Youth Open Mic – Ritzy Cinema Mezzanine – second Saturday of the month at 1pm
- West Norwood Feast – Junior Open Mic
- Longfield Hall Youth Jam – Myatts Field