Zeal Musician’s Lounge – Showcasing Our Talented Youth
Musician’s Lounge is an event where youth can come together as a community and share their passion and love for music with one another in a warm, safe and encouraging environment.
Musician’s Lounge creates a platform for first time performers enabling them to feel safe and comfortable for the first time. The night provides youth in Kāpiti the opportunity to showcase their talent and come together as a community.
First time performers have said “It was nerve-wracking at first but once I got up there I felt like I could play like no one was watching” Angus Reynolds. Codi Priest has also said “It was a great experience I felt like I was able to do my thing and not get judged it, felt more fun once I got up there. I felt like I was in that space where there was no worries and no cares.”
All youth have opportunities to perform during an open mic session, where anyone was allowed to go and give performing a shot.
Doors open at 5pm, with a $2 entry, with pizza and drinks for everyone at the event. Musician’s Lounge runs on the second Thursday of the month with an extra one running in the School holidays.
“The entire event was youth run, from lighting and sound up to the performers themselves,” Said Aden O’Connor(15), Lighting Manager. “Zeal provides us with the tools to run events like this and allows us to build up some really valuable skills. It’s a bit like being involved in lighting and sound at school, but we’re given more opportunities to play with different ideas, learning a lot in the process”
Band “The undecided 5”
The next Musician’s Lounge is on the 4th and then 11th of October, all youth are invited to come along. If they wish to perform they can message our Instagram @lounge.musician or facebook www.facebook.com/musician.lounge/
The Founder of Musician’s Lounge Hannah Neal (17), started organising this event in February and has since made many changes to grow and has since developed a great team of volunteers. “We have a team of 4 people and we all meet together on Thursday mornings before school to share breakfast and discuss how we can make the next one better,” Said Hannah Neal, Founder and Managing director. “I am incredibly grateful for my team, everyone who has helped out with this event and to all the people who have performed.”
Zeal is a not for profit organization dedicated to positively impacting young people throughout New Zealand. They provide youth with a number of opportunities to grow and explore their creativity, through after-school hangouts, events, creative programmes, and workshops. Come to check Zeal out we are open from 3.30pm Tuesday to Friday.