Castle Concerts - Under SiegeTalented young people from Medway will perform at Rochester Castle gardens in Under Siege on Sunday, 21 July from 1pm to 3.30pm.

The free event is part of Medway’s Festival of Music and gives some of the area’s most gifted young performers the chance to showcase their talents on the Castle Concerts stage.

This year the Under Siege performers will follow in the footsteps of Status Quo, The Wanted, Tony Hadley from Spandau Ballet, ABC and Go West as well as The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.

All the acts will be able to perform on the same full-sized stage, with professional equipment and the support of an experienced crew.

There are 19 acts in the line-up this year, covering everything from glam rock to acoustic pop and technical guitar, and including performers from The Howard School, Kings Rochester, Sir Joseph Williams Mathematical School, Rainham School for Girls, the Hundred of Hoo Academy, the Rochester Grammar School, Greenacre Academy, MidKent College, Rainham Mark and Robert Napier Schools. Last year thousands of young people turned up to enjoy the free afternoon of music, including many who were there to support friends performing on stage.

Jessica Agboola from The Rochester Grammar School is a vocalist whose styles include soul, acoustic, jazz and R&B. Speaking ahead of Sunday’s concert she said: “I’m really looking forward to Sunday. It’s going to be an amazing event. I performed last year and the adrenalin rush is just ridiculous – and the crowd are so friendly and helpful.”

Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Services Cllr. Howard Doe added: “Anyone who came along to last year’s Under Siege concert will remember what a fantastic day it was for the young performers and their friends and families. Once again we have an extremely talented line up and I’d like to congratulate all the young performers taking part, and urge everyone to come along and support them at this year’s concert”.

Under Siege is organised by Medway Council in partnership with Training Them Live and MidKent College.

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