Friday, 27 June 2014

Rock the Vote

Hundreds of young people in North Ayrshire will vote for the first time in September’s Independence Referendum, and local bands are determined to get as many young voters as possible into polling booths to have their say.

The initiative, called ‘Rock the Vote’, first emerged in the United States with the aim of encouraging the youth vote to turn out at elections by fusing pop culture, politics, and technology. Now rolled-out across the world, the campaign comes to North Ayrshire with a series of gigs featuring local artists in July and culminating in a headline event at Irvine’s Harbour Arts Centre on August 14th.

Some of the most talented local bands will feature in the Rock the Vote gigs, including Crash Club, DJ Neil McHarg, The Outlawed, Tragic O’Hara, Halo Tora, Burnout, Jamie Clarke, Bernard and Kieran MC, and Remedy.

Kilwinning’s The Outlawed are keen to support the campaign and have a simple message for young people who are thinking about voting, “This is one of the most important events we will ever be a part of. The important thing is that young people register to vote and then make sure their vote counts, no matter what way they vote.”

That message will come out loud and clear at the Rock the Vote gigs, which kick-off at West Kilbride Community Centre on Tuesday, July 1st from 7:00pm.

The full listing of gigs is:

West Kilbride Community Centre – Tuesday 1 July

DJ – Neil McHarg
Halo Tora
Bernard and Kieran MC

Irvine Redburn Youth Centre - Wednesday 9 July
DJ – Neil McHarg
Jamie Clarke
Bernard and Kieran MC

Walker Hall, Kilbirnie – Tuesday 15 July
Dj Neil McHarg
Burnout
Bernard and Kieran MC

Brodick Village Hall – Friday 18 July

DJ Neil McHarg
Silent Disco
Bernard and Kieran MC

Kilwinning Bridge Project – Tuesday 22 July

DJ Neil McHarg
Bridge Project – Remedy
Bernard and Kieran MC

Ardrossan Church of Nazerene – Thursday 31 July
DJ Neil McHarg
Crash Club
Bernard and Kieran MC

Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine – Thursday 14 August

Jamie Clarke
Burnout
The Outlawed
Halo Tora
Tragic O’Hara

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