Since 2010, KWMC has run the annual XLR Festival, offering a range of workshops, talks and live performances. Since 4th November 2014 we have been running XLR Sessions, a dynamic two-year music programme split into six-month blocks, giving 11 – 19 year olds a great insight into the music industry through masterclasses, performance and recording.
XLR is a six month Youth Music funded project offering amazing opportunities to create original, inspiring music alongside KWMC and some of Bristol’s finest music institutions. With opportunities to perform, record, develop skills and confidence and create long lasting relations with other musicians, these sessions build on the successful XLR Festival that was established in 2010.
Working with 11 – 19 year olds citywide who have an existing interest or experience in music, XLR will help to develop creative ideas far beyond making music. From promotion to graphics, networking, performance skills and more, the musicians involved will have the opportunity to return after 6 months to mentor the new groups, and develop long lasting links within the local community and music scene.
Spanning every genre, the project will evolve with the young people’s tastes and interests, finding masterclass leaders, and performances that are best suited to the musicians’ needs. With projects being developed for online platforms including Bandcamp and Soundcloud, in addition to social media sites including YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more, the artists will gain exposure through regular promotion and support from local media.
There are limited places, so if you, or someone you know, is interested in being part of the XLR sessions at KWMC, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0117 903 0444. For more information, please check out www.kwmc.org.uk/xlr
KWMC’s annual music festival returned for its fourth year of free music workshops and performances. Running from 12th-15th August 2014, last year’s XLR Festival offered an even bigger selection of acts, extended hours and more opportunities to get involved.
XLR aims to create and showcase high quality, uplifting music – and give the young people experiences they won’t forget and which can help their personal and professional development. In order to do this, we’ve invite industry leaders to run professional sessions in lyric writing, beatmaking and recording, as well as workshops in how to make music videos and run photo-shoots, and entrepreneurial talks. There will be performances every evening showcasing new music talent.
You can check out XLR Festival on social media for future updates, footage and pictures from last year’s XLR Festival:
To find out more about last years festival, check out James Kennaby aka Vice’s interview with the Universal Magnetic show on Ujima Radio:
In 2012, Gardna, a young MC hailing from Bath, got involved with the XLR Festival. During the week he worked with Vice, Jagos and a number of other musicians to hone his recording skills, and then with talented videographer Chris Lucas. Gardna, aka Luke, won the XLR competition which included prizes and support from the likes of Dutty Gals and Chris Lucas. Since XLR he has performed at some of the UK and Europe’s best festivals, including Glastonbury, St Paul’s Carnival and Soundwave (Croatia). Gardna will be returning to where it all started in 2014 for a very special performance.
Here’s some feedback from Young People that have been attending XLR Festival 2014:
Daffyd, 10, talking about his art on the wall: “It’s better than I wanted!”
Jordan, 15, and Ashon, 14, said the Graffiti workshop and spray painting were “really good.”
Katy, 10, and Sheridan, 11, when asked what they enjoyed said: “everything!” and that the festival helps “gets [them] active.”
Rees, 15, enjoyed DJing. When asked what he’d be doing if he wasn’t here, he said: “causing trouble!” and that the day had been good as it had “got [him] coming to KWMC again.”
Over the years we’ve had some amazing acts perform at XLR. Here’s a few of the sessions and performances SATV captured from 2014’s festival alongside some interviews from the previous festivals.