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The first-ever Give a Gig Week was a wonderfully diverse and colourful celebration of live music, raising funds to support life-changing music-making for young people around the country. It’s hard to do it justice in just a few images… Nevertheless, here’s a flavour of the week in pics.

Thanks to our official photographers and everyone who sent in their snaps. Remember you can also check out the #GiveaGigWeek Storify, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to see the week’s social media highlights – and share your own!

It was fantastic to see so many of the projects supported by Youth Music around the country getting in on the act. A few examples include…

Band performing onstage at Raw Material gig
Photo by Tim Brown.

Raw Material

The Brixton-based project kicked off the week with an awesome showcase of talent from the community featuring grime, R&B, funk, reggae and more.

Teenage young man and woman playing guitar and singing outdoors
Photo by Carol Reid.

Positive Youth Foundation

The Changing Trax project in Coventry laid on some cracking tunes in the weekend sunshine.

Young musicians in indie band onstage under purple light
Photo by The Noise Project.

The Noise Project

The Merseyside Youth Association (MYA) Noise Project rocked the Arts Club Liverpool with a lineup of young local bands.

Stratford NewYVC choir performing onstage
Photo by Harvey Aspell.


The talented young choir gave a stunning performance at Stratford Circus Arts Centre.

Give a Gig Week proved that it knows no boundaries of genre or instrument…

And the 118 gigs took place in all sorts of locations…

Musicians performing to crowd sat on floor

Tileyard Studios x Sofar Sounds

From intimate secret shows with a laid-back lounge vibe…

Singer Abi Bridgeman singing onstage at Hard Rock Cafe
Photo by Chris Proctor.

Hard Rock Cafe

…to iconic venues with years of live music history on the walls.

Bath Spa University Choir singing onstage at Wiltshire Music Centre

Bath Spa University Choir

There were Give a Gig performances in prestigious concert halls like the Wiltshire Music Centre…

Citi Choir men and women singing in chapel
Photo by Chris Proctor.

Citi Choir

…and possibly the most spectacular venue of the week: the Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy in London.

Monotones four musicians performing sat by a stone wall on a hilltop
Photo by Monotones.


And yes, there really was a band busking on top of a hill in Yorkshire! Monotones performed live at the top of each of the county’s three highest peaks – here they are at the summit of Pen-y-ghent. Watch the video on Facebook.