Nannup Music Festival starts today, so a lot of the Around The Sound audience will be travelling to the Southwest timber town right now, either to play their music, participate as an audience member, run education workshops or all of the above. In the name of travelling safely, we advocate that you don’t drive or fly your magic carpet while reading this.
Nannup Festival is billed as “an amazing and inspiring weekend for everyone and a special place to share a festival experience and authentic good times with your family and friends; a colourful celebration of original music, art, nature, community and diversity.” A big part of what the Nannup team do is encourage and support emerging musicians, giving opportunities for young people to perform and develop their talents.
This year will feature, among others, performances from The Younglings, a four-piece punk band whose members are aged between 9 and 12 years old.
They met at Holy Spirit Primary School and 3 members were in the original School of Rock programme that started in term 1 of 2017. The Younglings later formed in September 2017 and, to date, have played in the Squidstock battle of the bands where they came second in their category. Other shows they have done include a handful of shows at Michael Brother Juice, Wembley Downs District Fair, Mojo’s (Proud Mums, Proud Dads) and The Garage (Scholarpalooza).
Jade (Drums, Violin & Vocals) formed her first band (The Happy Snails) and put out a CD when they were all only six years old. She became one of the original students at School of Rock at the end of 2016. She also has a violin scholarship, plays in an orchestra, sings in a choir and is a member of a due called Rip Silver playing ukulele & backing vocals.
Oliver (Guitar & Vocals) has been playing guitar since he was eight. Until he joined The Younglings he had been playing with his school band and continues to do so.
Xavier (Bass, Guitar & Vocals) has been playing music since he was 8 and is also an accomplished piano player. He plays in his school band and was also a member of School of Rock.
Dom (Keys & Vocals) is the youngest member of the band. He has been getting lessons since he was 7. His first band was with School of Rock before joining The Younglings.
While you’re participating in the Nannup festivities we strongly recommend that you check out emerging talents like The Younglings. If you think this generation of WA artists is amazing (which they are) wait until you see what’s next!