Academy Calling 201911-Jun-2019
Saturday May the Fourth saw see the second annual Academy Calling Music Festival take place on the Furness Academy fields. After the success of last year’s festival, the popular youth talent focused festival was back.
The whole reasoning behind the project of Academy Calling, was to take a popular style of "music festival" genre and allow children and families from across the community to celebrate their talents and successes.
For many of the young people in the local area, exposure to any form of live music is an extremely rare occurrence, with the nearest cities being over 45 minutes away - this is before tackling the expenses that tickets and travel incur for families in order to allow their children to have this experience. Many of the children within local primary and secondary schools have limited opportunities for public performance. This is why the festival, Academy Calling, is so unique.
Furness Academy have literally "called" for the local primary schools, youth drama groups, budding young solo artists, cheer groups, dance troupes etc to all come together and allow the young people in their care, the opportunity to perform on an outdoor stage within a safe, family environment, and be exposed to the culture and positive success that this type of event will naturally bring.
This year performers include Parkside Academy, Victoria Academy, Greengate Juniors, Furness Academy Students, Elite Dance and Cheer, Marvellous Events, Love2Dance, South Lakes Rock School, Cast Theatre Company, Alex McCormack, Kathryn Bell, Charlotte Lily – a recently signed musician from the North West, and the amazing X-Factor winner, Ben Haenow who is taking time out of his busy touring schedule to be with us. The wholewas hosted by Heart Radio DJ, Danny Matthews.
McDougalls Catering provided hot food at the event. The Yorkshire Ice Cream company visited with their ice cream van. The Entertainer Toy Shop are sponsoring the Star Wars/Sci Fi themes Fancy Dress competition that is taking place on the day.
Michelle Larcombe, head of music said “I am thrilled that we had another very successful event, topping last year’s amazing day. I am confident that each year will see the festival grow from strength to strength. The ultimate aim is to enable everyone within the Furness peninsular to celebrate the success of our future generations at a venue and event right at the centre of the local community.”