Inspiring and Empowering Young People Through The Power of Music

Posted on August 23, 2019 Under News

We’re continuing our fabulous partnership with Edinburgh based not-for-profit organisation, The Youth Radio Network with another edition of our popular monthly music showcase ‘The Waverley Sessions’.

The next instalment of this lively event, which has seen dozens of musicians of all ages, musical genres and social backgrounds take to the Centre’s stage since April, is set to take place this Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th August.

The event will kick off at 10am on Saturday on our stage and will be hosted by Keiran Harvey and the team of volunteers from The Youth Radio Network until 6pm on the Sunday evening.

This weekend’s showcase will see 18 talented acts taking to the stage across the weekend and will include a combination of solo artists, duos, groups and even a comedian – in collaboration with The Fringe Festival. 

Acts taking to the stage this weekend include 20 year old Dylan Paterson from The Scottish Borders, Singer/ Songwriter Conall Adam from Dunfirmline, Edinburgh born and bred Ciara McDonald, London based comedian Joe Baines, 18 year old Amy Donald from Edinburgh, 20 year old Lisa Scotland from Fife, Glasgow based Jen Athan, 20 year old Bronwyn Riani from Newcastle Upon Tyne, 14 year old Ethan Gibb from Livingston, three-piece Edinburgh based band Einstein’s Wardrobe, girl duo ‘In The Mix’ and ‘Let The Bird Out’.  The youngest performer to step up to the mic this weekend is returning act, 9 year old Kara from Glenmavis, who will close Sunday’s show.

We’ve been working in collaboration with The Youth Radio Network on The Waverley Sessions since April this year, following two successful events hosted by The Youth Radio Network in December last year.

The Youth Radio Network’s vision is to empower, teach and entertain young people, aged 13 to 25 years, through the power of music and digital technology, opening doors to the broadcast industries, and to become more employable helping them to get the best start in life. 

Their role includes teaching young people the ropes of the broadcast industry and helping to prepare them for employment through CV preparation, mock interviews and confidence building.

Through their work with us, they are empowering young people – giving them opportunities skills and equipment as well as hands on experience in a real life setting for a future in the music / broadcast industry. By providing a platform, to perform, we’re building on this opportunity with the chance to build personal confidence in performing in public.

Finally, The Youth Radio Network seeks to entertain their audience through music. 

This edition of The Waverley Sessions (the second this month) is set to be a fantastic celebration of talent from Scotland and beyond and will build on Waverley Mall’s aspirations to deliver products and experiences that are Scottish to the core.

The event offers the opportunity for Fringe-goers to enjoy some FREE live entertainment in our food court across final weekend of the Fringe Festival.