Talented young artists from west London schools gathered for a two-day Battle of the Bands.
Youngsters aged 12 to 19 took part in the performance and development bootcamp at the Ealing Christian Centre, Northfield Avenue, on Thursday and Friday last week (May 29 and 30) .
The event, organised by youth and community arts charity Act 29, was a display of young talent and a celebration of various musical genres.
Participants also got the chance to have an instrumental masterclass with Emilie Sandé’s bassist, to work with Rita Ora’s vocal coach and join a music business seminar with executives from Sony and Universal records.
The intention was to provide cultural activities for disadvantaged young people.
Music teacher Guy Forbat, of Rosdale College Academy in Hayes, said: “I really do believe that this could be the start of a revolution in terms of access to opportunity for kids in London.”
Young bands including Regals from Brentside High School and Los Hermanos Arias from Acton High School, will go on to perform at live showcases in Ealing or Hillingdon on June 22 and 29 respectively, where top names from the industry including Mobo Award-winning artist Guvna B will act as judges.
The winners of each showcase will then headline this year’s Ealing and Hillingdon One Youth Festival.
Tickets for the Battle of the Bands Ealing Showcase are available from www.eventbrite.com/e/botb-ealing-showcase-tickets-11616333767.