Musician’s Lounge is an event where youth can come together as a community and share their love for music in a warm, safe and encouraging environment. It creates a platform for first time performers, enabling them to feel safe and comfortable.
The founder of Musician’s Lounge, Hannah Neal (17), started organising this event in February and has since developed a great team of volunteers. “We have a team of 4 people and we meet on Thursday mornings before school to share breakfast and discuss how we can make the next event better,” says Hannah. “I am incredibly grateful for my team, everyone who has helped out and to all those who have performed.”
It takes place under the auspices of Zeal, 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 check Zeal out: we are open from 3.30 pm Tuesday to Friday,” says Zeal Kāpiti events manager Devon Welch. “If you’re interested in getting involved with events at Zeal, send me an e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org”
Musician’s Lounge runs on the second Thursday of the month with an extra one in the School holidays. “The entire event is youth-run, from lighting and sound to the performers themselves,” says Aden O’Connor (15), Lighting Manager. “Zeal provides us with the tools to run events like this, and allows us to build some really valuable skills. We’re given more opportunities to play with different ideas than at school, learning a lot in the process.”
First time performer at Musicians Lounge, Angus Reynolds says, “It was nerve wracking at first but once I got up there I felt like I could play like no one was watching.” Codi Priest says, “It was a great experience: I felt like I was able to do my thing and not get judged; I felt like I was in that space where there was no worries and no cares.” All have opportunities to perform during an open mic session.
Doors open at 5 pm, with a $2 entry, with pizza and drinks for everyone.
The next Musician’s Lounges are on 4 and 11 October. Those who wish to perform can message the Instagram @lounge.musician or on Facebook.