Young musicians will be able to perform on a new under-18s stage at this year’s Long Division Festival.
The annual multi-venue music event has secured £10,000 funding from Wakefield Council which will be shared with Unity Works, the co-operative behind Unity Hall.
Dean Freeman, organiser of Long Division Festival, said: “We believe that opportunities for Wakefield’s young musicians are severely lacking in the region.”
He said not enough live music venues are catering for the under-18 age bracket and as a result he thinks that many young people do not develop an interest or an outlet for their musical skills.
Mr Freeman added: “We hope by introducing a new stage for young musicians and fans that we encourage a new generation of young and creative people.”
There will also be a series of events aimed at young people, during the run-up to the festival which will run from September 12–14, in time for the opening of Unity Hall.
The festival, run by music fanzine Rhubarb Bomb, received the money as part of the Creative Partners Project, which aims to support innovative cultural events within the city.
The first big headliners will be revealed at a launch event at Wah Wah Records, an independent music store which opens next month on Brook Street, on April 16 from 7pm.