A MINI music festival will help launch a new charity for young people with talent and potential.
Rugby Mini Fest, a day of live music from local acts, will take place at The Bank in Bank Street on Saturday (August 22).
It marks the official launch of Rugby Area Talent Trust (RATT), a new charity aiming to support young Rugby people who demonstrate talent and flair in music, arts, sport, academia or entrepreneurship.
The event, which runs from 2-11pm, features 12 live acts from the town and surrounding area, mixing exciting new talent with more established acts.
Upbeat indie band The Recruits will headline the festival, which will be opened by 13-year-old singer Emily Goodwin.
The line-up is rounded out by young acoustic solo artist Anya Lang, energetic Rugby band Empire, jazz-influenced duo The Belladors, folk-blues singer-guitarist Ruth Roberts, acoustic act MyJaike, piano singer-songwriter Robert Kelly, singer-guitarist Andi Wolf, singer-rapper-pianist J-Script, acoustic indie rockers Rosetta Fire, and six-piece covers band Last Lesson.
The charity will be fundraising at the event and over the next few months prior to launching a small grants programme early in 2016.
David Head, one of the founding trustees of the charity and organiser of Rugby Mini Fest, said: “It’s so important that young people with talent get the opportunities and support they need to be able to make the most of their abilities.
“RATT will run events to give people experience, exposure and confidence, and provide small grants to help nurture skills and talent.
“I can’t wait for Rugby Mini Fest which will be a great event as well as our launch party.”
Visit www.ratt.org.uk and www.rugbyminifest.org.uk for more information.