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Students are working with Bath Festivals to organise an acoustic showcase giving new musical talent the chance to shine.

Music students at Bath College are holding the night at the Bonzo Lounge, Keynsham, on Friday May 27th.

Local bands and musicians performing include Stone Cold Fiction, The Harry Miller Band, Tea and Biscuits, and Chloe Tyghe.

There will also be an open mic and people will be encouraged to stand up and share their music with the crowd.

Student Emma Pettit is studying for a Level 3 extended diploma in music practice and is in charge of communications for the event.

The 18-year-old, from Chippenham, has an offer to study music event management at the British and Irish Modern Music Institute (BIMM).

She said: “This opportunity with Bath Festivals was a really good way of getting involved and seeing if I was making the right choice for university.

“It’s given us a sense of responsibility, we’ve been handed the budget and we’ve had to do it ourselves, we haven’t been told how to do it.

“It’s an open mic session, so that’s a great chance for people to get their name out there. It’s going to be a really fun night.”

Student Chantelle Hazel,17, from Keynsham is also hoping to study music and event management at BIMM in Bristol.

She said: “We’ve had to find the venue, book it, find some bands to play, hire equipment and make a schedule for the night.

“I’ve had to make sure everyone knows what’s going on. It was scary at first, but now I would feel more confident doing something like this.

“It’s got me ready and raring to go for my university course.”

The event at the Bonzo Lounge has been put together as part of the Bath Education Trust (BET) Award programme.

Hazel Plowman, Learning and Participation Co-ordinator at Bath Festivals, has been working with students on the event.

She said: “We did a workshop in January based on planning your own event and some of the students signed up to carry on and organise something.

“We’ve just been here to steer the ship. They have been very conscientious and enthusiastic, it’s been a real pleasure working with them.”

The acoustic showcase takes place on Friday May 27th from 7pm to 10.30pm. Entry is free.

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