Portsmouth concert to help to banish crimes of hate

TPK on stage at the Music Fusion concert at the Wedgewood Rooms
TPK on stage at the Music Fusion concert at the Wedgewood Rooms

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THERE was huge energy and passion at a concert aimed at stopping hate crime in its tracks.

Youngsters from the charity Music Fusion put together an album and a gig to send the message out that abuse on the grounds of gender, sexuality and race will not be tolerated.

143188_HATECRIME_21/11/14''(l-r) Luke Smith, Kendall Stevens, Jenni Few, Jess Tubb and Matt Stevens. 'Music Fusion concert organisers at Wedgewood Rooms, Albert Road. Southsea.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (143188-251) PPP-141211-212548003

143188_HATECRIME_21/11/14''(l-r) Luke Smith, Kendall Stevens, Jenni Few, Jess Tubb and Matt Stevens. 'Music Fusion concert organisers at Wedgewood Rooms, Albert Road. Southsea.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (143188-251) PPP-141211-212548003

The charity, which is in East Street, Havant, works with young people going through challenging times, helping them to focus on music to get them through.

Over the past 10 years the charity has worked with 35,000 young people, developing their skills and confidence in the process.

Members of Music Fusion put together the album YOUnique which features rap, pop and guitar-led music.

All of the songs focus on tolerance and acceptance of people from all walks of life.

On Wednesday some of the artists who worked on the album appeared at a concert at Southsea’s Wedgewood Rooms.

And everyone who attended was given a free copy.

Kendall Stevens helped out behind the scenes.

She said: ‘There was a brilliant energy to the show and everyone really enjoyed it. The reaction to the album has been great too.’

Matt Stevens is a music leader at the charity.

He goes into schools, colleges and youth clubs teaching music production skills, writing lyrics, and teaching young people how to engage their 
audiences.

Matt, 21, said: ‘In the two months leading up to the concert I worked with two of the kids who performed on the night. ‘It was the first time I’d worked with them and it was their first show.

‘I helped them build up the confidence to go on stage, hold the microphone properly and hold the audience’s attention. ‘They were brilliant and the audience loved them.’

Youngsters from the charity Motiv8 also got involved behind the scenes.

The bands who performed included Karerra, TPK, Loco and Victor.

Go to musicfusion.org.uk.