Months of anticipation, of holding our breath and the countless unsuccessful guesses by all of us in the lead up to the November 29 youth rock concert held at the Yass Memorial Hall.
Our Yass Valley Youth Councillors and a team of about 20 interested high school students have finally spilled the details today on the feature ARIA hit “hard core” band… Drum roll please kids…
It’s... In Hearts Wake!
An Australian five piece metalcore fellowship that stepped out from Byron Bay in 2006. As of 2014, they have released one EP and three full-length studio albums. In Hearts Wake will be supported by three local acts in a drug and alcohol free concert for youth that will visit five regional NSW towns.
Auditions will be held soon for local acts post-school holidays. The requirements will be that bands/soloists will have to have some originals, have enough music to play half an hour each and be youth orientated.
The industry standard rock concert is hosted by the 2014 Indent Tour, A NSW music project funded through NSW Trade, Investment and Arts. It is an opportunity for kids to be trained by peak music and promotional industry professionals.
Chair of the Youth Council, Jasmin Jones, is excited with what the concert will do for the Yass community. “It will finally get us on the circuit, we will be eligible to apply for grants each year for music, which will be an ongoing benefit for the region. It will just help the Yass Valley’s music community grow!”
“It was a struggle to get a headline band to regional Australia, but we pushed and pushed and finally they said yes to Yass! So far it has been a great opportunity for the kids to learn different skills, it’s a great stepping stone into the industry,” said Cr Jasmin Jones.
Youth Council’s promotions team leader and year 9 student, Edward Hinch, is responsible for running the social media events, publications and all free advertising. He is extremely excited about the event and believes that it will be a fantastic opportunity for the Yass Valley.
“There is a big following of metalcore amongst the Yass youth; I know there are going to be a lot of excited people out there with the band that we have been able to get. The band has toured with other world class band like Amity Affliction and Parkway Drive. Although we didn’t pick it, music NSW selected the band, we are so happy with it and there will be a lot of people even more excited about the event,” Edward told the Tribune.
“Its the first time Yass has had anything like this, an event that is alcohol and drug free, safe, with professional security, reinforcing the idea of safe partying. It really promotes the fact that you don’t need alcohol and drugs to have a good time.”
Tickets for the concert will be available from Oztix online, as well as from local vendors the organisers will select closer to the date. Online tickets will be $10 each, alternatively tickets will be available at the door for $15. The capacity for the venue is 350 people and organisers are encouraging people to buy their tickets prior to event so they don’t miss out.
“Its not just for Yass people, but for the broader community and I am proud to be involved in something so wonderful for our area,” said Edward.
So there you have it folks, the mystery is out, now all your anticipation can be directed to the music. Happy listening!