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SWIPE Sunday kicks off with a swing
by Fiona Madden
BBC Blast Reporter

Yes Boys
The Yes Boys perform at the first SWIPE event in Slough

The first performance in Salt Hill Park in Slough, fronted by musical charity SWIPE Music has kicked off.

The Sunday Bandstand, which saw five youth acts take to the stage on Sunday, 25 July at 1400 BST, was hosted by local singer/songwriter Drew Black, who also performed a set.

SWIPE is mostly run by volunteers and the bandstand event was organised by young people from the charity, who have been learning about event management, stewarding and sound engineering over the last six months.

Wilson,a three piece rock band, also played at the event

SWIPE Music is run for the benefit of the young people in the surrounding area.

It provides them with free rehearsal space, instruments, and expert tuition.

The audience was made up of families and young people who scattered themselves around the park, many bringing blankets and picnics.

Burnham's Yes Boys, an energetic three piece, was the first act on after Drew and played their own compositions, combining '50s rock with a modern edge.

Teenager Harry Morgen then performed a solo acoustic set.

He was joined by Beth Cawte for two songs, in a new venture for the both of them, but it went down extremely well with the crowd.

On stage

The Pedal Pushers (a four piece group of 13-year-olds) played a half-hour set of covers, successfully playing for the first time as a threesome because one guitarist was away on holiday.

Rasalosethefear took to the stage at the event

Then followed Rasalosethefear, a solo female singer, who was full of enthusiasm onstage; finally three piece rockers, Wilson, brought the event to a close with their own compositions.

Dorset Callghan, SWIPE trustee, said: "It was really great to see people stopping and sitting down to watch the bands.

"This is what the young people told us they wanted to happen and it's been very successful for them."

In March this year SWIPE ran a workshop funded by PAYP (Positive Activities for Young People) where youngsters could write a song about their home town.

The Sunday Bandstand events will continue every Sunday, starting at 1400 BST, until the end of August. Visit SWIPE for more information on this or future projects.

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