Young Shoreham musicians to play at Wild Life Festival

YOUNG musicians in Shoreham, Southwick and Lancing have learned today that they will be playing live at the Wild Life Festival.

Young musicians performing on Original Allstars Musics own converted truck stage at the Brighton Marathon
Young musicians performing on Original Allstars Musics own converted truck stage at the Brighton Marathon

Local collective Original Allstars Music will be taking its custom-made stage to Shoreham Airport for the two-day festival with a 35,000 capacity per day.

The young band agency started life as a collective of young musicians in 2008, set up by guitar teacher David O’Connell because he felt his students deserved an audience.

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“We are all hugely excited and pleased to be invited to play at such a prestigious event,” he said.

“A big thanks to all at SJM Concerts for having the Allstars along for the party. I think the important thing here is that, by giving the young musicians the chance to play at their festival, SJM are not only showing that they recognise the importance of involving the local Shoreham community in Wild Life but they’re also sending a message to the young Allstars musicians that what they do has value and I think that’s going to be hugely empowering for them.

“This is going to make their year.”

Most of the Allstars musicians attend Shoreham Academy, in Kingston Lane, where David told the excited youngsters the news this afternoon.

With the help of their 10-metre long DAF truck, which has been converted into a mobile stage, the young bands and musicians are given the chance to play live to many varied audiences at festivals across the south east.

This opportunity means they will be playing at the same venue as headline acts such as Disclosure, Rudimental, Sam Smith and Wu Tang Clan. The festival takes place on June 6 and 7. Visit for the full line-up.

To date, the musicians within Original Allstars Music’s collectives have written and recorded more than 100 original songs and played 170 gigs.

David said: “Original Allstars Music is now the number one resource for young musicians who wants to develop their confidence, teamwork and creativity.

“Running a record label, established year-round gig programme, music workshops and courses, our own mobile stage and, in the near future, our own live venue, Original Allstars Music offers the support, equipment and venues for any young musician in Adur, regardless of ability or background, the opportunity to go far with their music.”