THE hall was alive with the sound of guitars, drums and singing.
The rock and pop section of the Portsmouth Music Festival took place at Park Community School, Middle Park Way, Havant, on Saturday.
In all 17 acts – made up of bands, solo artists and duos – took to the stage to give sparkling entertainment.
The musicians were all aged between 12 and 16 and wowed adjudicator Gary Shaw.
Also impressed by performances was Simon Carter, who is a musician too.
The stage manager said: ‘The standard of all the acts is always improving and each year everyone gets better and better.
‘It’s really good to see all the acts coming together and it’s frightening to see how skilled they are.
‘The event is very successful and you can tell by the standard of performances.
‘Band Prism were very good, as were girl group Stagefright.
‘The 5 Wise Men were also great.
‘They did a cover of The Monkees song I’m A Believer and it was quite surreal seeing someone playing drums dressed as Donkey and Shrek on the mic.
‘It was great fun though and a really good day.’
The music festival is celebrating its 80th birthday this year, and to mark the achievement the organisation is launching a bursary scheme to offer a helping hand to young aspiring musicians.
Funds for the bursary will come from ticket sales of a new gala concert event, which is taking place instead of the traditional closing concert.
It will be held at the Kings Theatre, Southsea, on Sunday, March 25.
It’s hoped ticket sales will add to the bursary fund, where each person in higher education studying performing arts, would be sponsored £500.
Tickets cost £10, or £8 for concessions.
To find out more visit portsmouthmusicfestival.co.uk.
To buy tickets visit kings-southsea.com.