Sound is a Guernsey charity created to give the island’s young people the opportunity to enjoy and play live music.
SOUND Guernsey started out in November 2015 with the idea of providing young people aged 11-17 with a safe environment to enjoy live music. The first live music night happened at The Venue, and has continued on a monthly basis since then. The events moved to the Fermain Tavern before landing here at St James earlier this year. The SOUND nights usually have a couple of young bands supporting the headline acts.
But SOUND has developed into so much more than just live music night. Young musicians do not only get the chance to perform on stage at our events, many of the young bands and performers we work with have had the opportunity to perform at The Vale Earth Fair and at Chaos, where we have helped put on a Battle of the (young) Bands for the last two years. SOUND has brought together young and established local musicians in a series of mentor sessions, where the kids learned about everything from band etiquette to stage technics and song writing.
In 2017 SOUND gave out its first recording grant to <track not found>, a young band that has since had success locally and on their UK tour. A further recording fund followed for Kiya Ashton, and two more young bands are working on their own material right now and will be recording their EPs in 2019, all funded by SOUND and made possible by our recording partner Apocalypse Studios.
The vision for SOUND’s future is to keep putting on safe events where kids can enjoy a night out with friends and share the joy of live music, to keep supporting the young bands that engage with SOUND and to keep our doors open to anyone who would like to get involved with music, be it playing or working behind the scenes. We are also working further on our partnerships with established local organisations such as The Vale Earth Fair, Chaos Events and Guernsey Gigs to make live music accessible to all.
If you would like to know more, would like to get involved or know a young person who wants to get into music but isn’t quite sure how, please get in touch with us on Facebook, Instagram or sound.gg
All SOUND music nights are only accessible for people aged between 11 and 17 years of age. SOUND provides a door/security person to keep an eye on things, and it is Jon and Anni who run the door and stage.
Attending kids can access the balcony or outside areas either at the Fermain Tavern or St James, which is fenced off from the public bar’s terrace on SOUND nights. Kids are not allowed access to the car park. If they chose to leave, they are not allowed re-entry to SOUND. This is to discourage large crowds hanging around in the car park.
The bar serves non-alcoholic drinks only on SOUND nights, at special discounted prices, tap water is always free of charge.
Parents are welcome to leave their phone numbers with Anni on the door or let her know if their child is leaving earlier. Everyone is free to go at the publicised end time of the event. Kids can ask to phone their parents free of charge, if they feel they need to.