A GROUP of talented musicians painted the town red when they took over Weaver Square.

Amplify Youth Music Project set up shop on April 27, playing sweet music throughout the afternoon and entertained passing shoppers with a music marketplace and live art from Stickypop.

Some of mid Cheshire’s best young bands performed at The Paint the Town Red event, including Solved, Gem Craven, Sam Lyon, Terra Fracta, The Eyres and headliners The Hindu Cows.

There was also a free graffiti workshop for teenagers.

Paul Barratt, youth support worker who helped set up Amplify, said: “Paint the Town Red was a great success.

“It was our biggest Amplify event yet and it was great to get such support from the local music scene with Mid Cheshire Radio and Northwich Music Centre coming down to it.

“Despite the weather not being able to make its mind up, it was great to show Northwich how much young talent there is in the area and also a great chance to raise awareness of Amplify and the other services that Cheshire West and Chester young people’s service providers.

“Overall, it was our best Amplify yet and I can’t wait to start planning the next one and make it bigger and better.”



Oli Ng from The Eyres said: “A great day all round! Great music, great weather and great people! Amplify are doing a great job and I really hope more and more people start supporting them.”

Nick Barlow from Above The Underground said: “Once again Amplify are doing what they do best, bringing the local music scene together – a great day for everyone.”

Volunteer Sara Louise Tonge said: “I really enjoyed Amplify. I looked forward to it for ages and when it finally came, it was definitely worth waiting for. The whole thing is so amazing and truly inspiring. Amplify just keeps getting better.”

Amplify member Chloe Gee said: “I always look forward to Amplify and have a great time. Paint the Town Red was no exception. It’s such a great opportunity for artists, performers and musicians to get involved and showcase their talents.”

Musician Sam Lyon said: “Not only was it a brilliant opportunity to listen to all the talented musicians, but it also gave the performers a chance to sell their merch, and the audience to get involved in a variety of entertaining activities, such as graffiti workshops and facepainting.”

Volunteer Charlotte Jade Wakefield said: “I was rather excited to go to Paint the Town Red for the first time. This event gave me a chance to listen to new bands and also to meet some awesome people. Some of the people I met have inspired me musically and in a number of other ways. This event also allowed me to build confidence through promoting the event and helping during the event. I have to say it was the best Amp event I’ve been to yet.”

Karen Burns, managing director of Mid Cheshire Radio, said: "As the community station, we believe it is important to support projects that enhance and benefit the community.
Amplify are a fantastic example of this and it is our pleasure to offer our ongoing support."