Summer Republic Gig in Winchester

Press Release: 22/07/2011

See the cream of Winchester’s talented young musicians perform in Winchester High Street on Sunday 24 July between 11am and 4.30pm.  Come rain or shine nine local bands will be performing on stage under the cover of St Maurice’s Covert (between Debenhams and Greggs).

This free live event has been organised by Republic with support from Winchester City Council.  Republic is a local organisation providing workshops for young people between the ages of 13 and 19 who are keen to learn more about the entertainment industry. The event will showcase not only the musical talents of local bands and DJs but also the professional skills they are developing as promoters and event organisers.

The line up of local bands and DJs includes:
VOYAGER     12.45pm
INFLIKTION     2.30pm
KEYS TO THE CITY    3.40pm

Winchester’s young people are really excited about the gig, which coincides with the end of their school year.  Having had a taste of what it’s like to work in the industry after organising an even bigger event during last year’s Freefall Festival the young people are keen for the success of this venture and to do more in future.

Tom Wright, aged 17, said, “I have appreciated Republic, during the sessions I have I have learnt about all the requirements need to organise a gig and I am looking forward to being able to perform. I enjoy the opportunity and hope it will continue in the future.”

Alison Woods, Acting Head of Economy and Arts at Winchester City Council, added, “Most of the organisation for this event has been done by the young people themselves under the very able supervision of Ben Ward, Co-Director of The Railway, who founded Republic. These youngsters are setting us a fine example by playing an active role in their local community and staging an event which we can all be proud of.”

Cllr Patrica Stallard, Portfolio holder for Culture, Heritage and Sport, added, “Winchester City Council is keen to help young people to fulfil their potential. The Council also supports Winchester Rural Youth Theatre (managed by Winchester Theatre Royal), and Winnall Rock School.  We also fund a number of community arts projects, ranging from film making to dance, providing young people with a wide variety of opportunities to become involved in the arts.  Just as importantly, these activities help our young people to develop essential life and ‘employability’ skills such as communications, team working and administration.  I hope the sun shines on Sunday for our talented young musicians.”

For further information about the event visit!/event.php?eid=128804287208407 or contact Alison Woods, Acting Head of Economy and Arts, on 01962 848 563 or email

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to come and support young artists in their musical endeavour!