Live music event for Portsmouth young people hailed big success

FUN Youngsters dance at the Fusion festival. Pictures: Mick Young
FUN Youngsters dance at the Fusion festival. Pictures: Mick Young

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HUNDREDS of teenagers turned out in force for a young people’s music festival in Portsmouth.

Fusion, organised by Portsmouth Youth Parliament (PYP), brought together a number of different music genres and entertainment acts.

MUSIC Festival-goers enjoy a set from The Silhouette

MUSIC Festival-goers enjoy a set from The Silhouette

Crowds danced in the garden of City Museum to performances from acts including This Way Up, The Silhouette, Luke Serre, Leigh Mary Stoke and Forest Floors.

A reggae set from Zeegema proved particularly popular and dance groups South Zone and Stamcrowe also took to the stage.

There was food from a variety of cultures at the event on Friday as well as a boutique market.

PYP’s vice chairman, Hayden Taylor, 15, from Hilsea, said: ‘It went really well.

‘The atmosphere was great and the later it went on, the more energetic the crowd got.

‘Everyone was saying how much fun it was, especially the reggae, everyone loved that.’

The free event was held in a bid to showcase local young talent and give teenagers something to do during the summer holidays.

PYP applied to Portsmouth City Council for funding and organised everything for the event themselves, from booking the bands to clearing up litter.

Hayden added: ‘It was hard work organising this event. We had to apply for lots of different grants from the council to get the funding, and had loads of meetings with them to sort out the venue, market and lots of other things.

‘This was the first time we’ve ever done anything like it so it was a historic moment for us, and it really feels like the start of something great. Hopefully we’ll be able to do it again next year and make it bigger and better.’

For more information on PYP see iyssportsmouth.info/youthparliament