HARROW got its very own guitar gods and hip hop heroes at Gig In The Park - the music concert at Under One Sky on Sunday June 29. Local MCs and bands energised the crowd and promoted the slogan 'Love Music, Hate Violence' that was featured on bright blue wristbands worn on a sea of raised hands that pumped the air.
A five-strong team of pupils from Nower Hill High School in Pinner arranged and ran the gig, which aims to persuade teenagers to denounce gangs, robbery and knife attacks, and embrace creative pursuits instead.
Media designer Dirujan Sabesan said: "We decided that we're not going to have just urban music, because that's what happened last year. We went looking on MySpace and picked a mix of genres that celebrates Harrow.
"We wanted to feature as many local artists as we could."
Rapper Twitch opened proceedings with an energetic set while The Minpins hooked up their amps for a barnstormin' performance.
Support was similarly forthcoming for Harrow musicians Olly Chamberlain, Mick Warwick and Kizz, and the pavillion was busy all day with live music afficionados.
Hezron Duhaney, music supervisor, said: "In young people's lives, a big part is music and so if we can take them away from crime and get them to start listening to music then it puts them on the right path."
Art director Jemie Mistry added: "Young people don't realise how crime effects other young people and we're trying to get them off the streets to do something more useful like music."
Aakash Bharania, promotion manager, said: "We are being supported by the
Metropolitan Police and the Pinner cluster of schools.
"We going to carry on the message through the year, we're definitely going to continue the campaign."