The Venue to put on live music for two good causes

Some of the performers and organisers who are staging the event.  From left to right at back: Amelia Gaunt (performer), Jess Danton (organiser), Brittany Bowles (performer) and Ben Wilkinson (performer). From front: Owen Parkhouse and Georgia Paddock (both organisers) PHOTO: Supplied

Some of the performers and organisers who are staging the event. From left to right at back: Amelia Gaunt (performer), Jess Danton (organiser), Brittany Bowles (performer) and Ben Wilkinson (performer). From front: Owen Parkhouse and Georgia Paddock (both organisers) PHOTO: Supplied

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A successful late night entertainment venue aimed at teenagers in Melton is hosting a charity live music event.

The Venue, based in Phoenix House, on Nottingham Road, will play host to four of the area’s hottest young talents tomorrow (6-9pm), with all the proceeds from the evening being split between The Matt Hampson Foundation and the RSPCA.

The event has been organised by a group of 15 youngsters, including the former Young Mayor of Melton, Georgia Paddock, as part of their National Citizens Service, a British voluntary personal and social development programme.

Performing at the three hour charity bash will be Ben Wilkinson, Amelia Gaunt and Brittany Bowles, all 17, from Melton and studying A-levels at Melton Vale Post 16 Centre. Ellie Gaunt of Loughborough College, who at only 16 has been attending open mic nights around Melton since she was just 12 years, old will also perform.

Miss Paddock (19), who was elected Young Mayor of Melton in October 2012, said: “When I was elected I hoped to get more music events in Melton and a safe venue where youngsters could hang out as opposed to on the streets. This gig is a culmination of both of those wishes.

“We chose to support the Matt Hampson Foundation after we witnessed Matt deliver a moving and inspirational speech which made us want to help his cause.”

Entry to the event is £4 for non-members and £2 for members. Adults will be allowed to enter on the night.

For more information call (01664) 483043 or email thevenuemelton@outlook.com

The Venue opened its doors in July and has since then attracted over 250 youngsters.

Funded by the National Lottery and operated by local charity The Melton Learning Hub, it has pool tables, a fully equipped non-alcoholic bar, a large projector, tablets, free wifi, computer games and much more to give teenagers a warm and safe environment at evenings and weekends.