A couple of local musicians have launched a Facebook page to generate ideas about entertainment for youth in Echuca-Moama.ZACH HUBBER March 12, 2014 4:20am
District artists Lokki Somerville and Leon Russell believe there is a lack of youth events in Echuca-Moama.
The musicians have launched ‘WAKE UP Echuca-Moama’, a Facebook page to garner interest and feedback from the district’s youth about what entertainment was needed.
Mr Somerville said momentum was growing to hold a rock concert for the town’s youth.
‘‘The point of the Facebook page is a shout-out to kids in this town who want to hear live rock music,’’ he said.
‘‘The forum is not just for a rock show, but for the youth to put forward suggestions and be able to have a voice heard about what they think are problems and get involved in the community.
‘‘It’s a direct line between the youth of this town and adult members of the community, who are willing to listen to them and help put ideas into action.’’
Mr Somerville said youth events he attended growing up in Echuca, like rock shows, skate competitions and youth rallies, had all dried up.
Echuca-Moama’s Half Moon and Lead On festivals and Deniliquin’s Flat Earth Festival had all gone by the wayside.
Mr Russell said organising youth events would give more children purpose.
‘‘It’ll get kids off the streets,’’ he said.
‘‘Everyone’s got to have a hobby, so we thought it’d be a good idea to try and get some live music.
‘‘It’s better than doing nothing.’’
Depending on feedback, the concerts would feature at least three bands in a program, including school bands.
‘‘The challenge is trying to get a venue, someone who will let us play live music to youth under the age of 18.
‘‘It’s hard enough trying to get a gig at some of the pubs because they want covers.
‘‘A lot of the local artists have to play elsewhere, mainly Bendigo, where they promote original music.’’
Last week, Cohuna hosted Bridge to Beats, a drug and alcohol-free music event at Cohuna skate park, with free shuttle buses from Echuca and partly sponsored by Gannawarra Shire.
Mr Somerville, who had been speaking to district schools and venues, hoped for a similar event.
‘‘It’s an opportunity for kids to be able to express themselves. We need a venue in Echuca to do this,’’ Mr Somerville said.
To join the conversation head to facebook.com/groups/wakeupechucamoama or leave a comment on the Riv’s Facebook page.
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