This Ain't A Scene

Celebrating 10 years of Arts Award

Mon 4 - Sun 10 July

This Ain't A Scene - youth arts festival

4th - 9th July 2016

During the first week in July,  More Music’s Young Leaders will be curating a week- long youth arts festival at the Hothouse to help Arts Award celebrate their 10th birthday. 

"This Ain’t A Scene” is a Gold and Silver Arts Award project and will feature music, film, art, spoken work and first time collaborations made by young people from across the North West all of whom have been working towards their arts award. . 

The week will include exhibitions, open mic nights, gigs, debates, films, showcases and masterclasses closing with an all day gig and album launch on Saturday 9th July showcasing a years worth of work from More Music’s Youth Programme. 


Monday 4th July

1pm - 3pm:   Creative writing workshop with Steve Fairclough - Book onto this creative writing workshop and explore the theme ‘Can Art Change The World’ through the written word with Steve. [tech room?]

To book on to this workshop email:
spaces are limited.

4pm - 6pm:      ‘Can Art Change The World?’ - exhibition launch 4pm - 6pm 

You are cordially invited to the opening of ‘this ain’t a scene’  - a exhibition, curated by More Music’s Young Leaders. 

The exhibition reflects the theme ‘can art change the world’ and features work that has been created by members of the young leaders team as well as other young artists from the North West. 

Tonight’s opening spotlights installations and exhibitions created by young, local artists who are working towards their gold arts award and work will be on display in More Music’s gallery throughout the festival week. 

Tuesday 5th June

1pm - 4pm:  Studio band photography masterclass [live room] 

A workshop for up and coming young photographers who would like to learn more about about band photography and how to capture the energy of a band in a studio shoot. 

To book on to this workshop email:
spaces are limited. 

plus music videos that changed the world!
[tech room]

Join the Arts Award #twitterparty and enhance your Arts Award portfolio by getting tips and advice directly from professional artists, performers, young creatives, arts industry employers and career advice organisations. 

This is also an opportunity to put the finishing touches to your arts award portfolios before moderation! Why not film a review of a music video or film that changed the world for part B? 

Wednesday 6th June [upstairs]

6pm - 8.30pm  - Debate night! - ‘Can Art Change The World?’ 
[free session, open to 12 - 25 year olds]

This is a unique opportunity for young people to take part in a live debate about the importance of the arts and culture with a panel of very special guests.  

Guest speakers include
  • Tim Rogers - Lancashire Music Hub
  • John Robb - Vocalist in punk rock band Goldblade, bassist and vocalist in influential post punk band The Membranes and award winning journalist and author. 

Thursday 7th July

Music Industry Afternoon - drumming masterclasses and Q&A session with Richard Jupp (Elbow) [upstairs]

1pm -2pm & 2pm - 3pm:  

An exclusive opportunity to take part in a drumming masterclass with Richard Jupp, former drummer with the Mercury Award winning band Elbow. Get tips on everything from technique and drumming styles to how to play to a click track. 

This workshop is fully subscribed, please email to be added to a waiting list. 

3pm - 4pm:  Music Industry Q&A session and demo feedback with Richard Jupp 

An open discussion session for 12 - 25 year old musicians who would like to join Richard for a music industry Q&A session. This is a unique opportunity to ask Richard the questions you have always wanted to ask about life as a professional musician in a Mercury Award winning band.  There is also an opportunity to submit your demos to Richard for feedback. 

To book on to the Q&A session and submit your demo please email:

7pm - 9.30pm ’Rock Night’ at Stages - Rehearsals, rockschool and recording as usual, plus we turn our chill out space into a rock club for the night!

Friday 8th July

Friday Shutdown! [techroom/studio]

2pm - 4pm: Hiphop workshops including, lyric writing, rap, beatboxing and production.

To book on to this workshop email:

6.30 - 8.30pm: Friday Night Project - Urban showcase evening plus FNP

Saturday 9th July

9th July:  Stages Live & Loud -- album launch party [upstairs]
1pm - 9pm

£3 entry

As part of  ‘This Ain’t a Scene’ More Music’s Young Leaders present Stages Live & Loud - an all-dayer album launch party featuring some of the best up and coming young bands, rappers and performers from across the North West.