Young band win place at Mouth of the Tyne Festival

KEV with Young Mayor Allen Oghene (far left).
KEV with Young Mayor Allen Oghene (far left).

A young band is preparing to share the same stage as internationally known acts such as Paul Weller and Lawson.

The winner of North Tyneside’s young ‘battle of the bands’ is set to share the stage at Mouth of the Tyne Festival this weekend.

After impressing the crowds at the Event @ Segedunum, KEV – a seven-piece band from Longbenton Community College – will play on the main stage, alongside world-renowned artists.

Held last Saturday, the Event is an outdoor gig staged in the historic grounds of Segedunum Roman Fort, Wallsend, for the borough’s 11 to 19-year-olds.

And while 12 acts battled it out, young gig-goers voted KEV, a cover band made up of three girls and four boys, as their winner.

Speaking on behalf of the group, 15-year-old Eve Murray said: “We were so surprised and overwhelmed when we were announced as the winners, and we’d like to thank everyone who voted for us.

“We’re honoured to be performing on the same stage as so many amazing acts at Mouth of the Tyne this weekend.

The Event @ Segedunum was orchestrated by North Tyneside’s Young Mayor Allen Oghene and North Tyneside Council, in partnership with Tyne and Wear Museums and Archives.

Allen said: “The Event went really well - it was so much fun. The bands were excellent and everyone had a brilliant time.

“I would like to thank everyone who helped to make the day so successful – it was great watching all of our hard work in action.

“And congratulations to KEV – I’m looking forward to seeing them perform again, especially alongside so many other great acts.”

Visitors to Mouth of the Tyne will be able to see KEV at 12.30pm this Sunday (July 13) before headliners Brand New Heavies take to the stage.

Tickets cost £15 for adults or £8 for children which are available at the box office outside Tynemouth Priory or by calling (0191) 200 5895.

KEV is made up of Katy Wright, 17; Victoria Dormand, 16; Eve Murray, 15; Dylan Metcalf, 16; Reuben Brown, 16; Louis Brown, 15; and Ben Daley, 16.