About Us – Livewire

About Us

We’re Livewire Youth Music – the charity that’s all about using contemporary music to unlock creativity and support young people on their journey through adolescence and into adulthood.

The young people who attend Livewire are here because they have a passion for making music and have discovered that we will enable their musical ambitions and dreams through the provision of a staggering range of FREE lessons and hands-on experiences. Additionally, many come through our doors to make new friends who share their enthusiasm for this most personally expressive of art forms.

We’re also able to help our few young people who have challenges to conquer them, regardless of what they’re facing in the outside world. We’re adept at enabling them to reach their potential with and without music and we have thirty years experience of doing this, effectively. If you want to know more about our unique mental health support services, click here.

Ultimately our aim is to change young lives and encourage productive activity, using music and music technology as a catalyst for all young people with an interest in music. The dynamic mix of young people who make up our membership is highly inclusive, and when it comes to things to do in Cornwall, Livewire is the place to be. Many of our young people improve their employability chances and some go on to full-time music study, ultimately making careers as a music producer, or in audio engineering, sound engineering, live sound, stage lighting, session musician, or performing in bands like ‘Haunt the Woods’, ending up on national TV in shows like Chris Evans’ TFI Friday – some of our members become that good.

If you know a young person aged between 10 and 21 who’s asking, ‘Are there any youth clubs near me, or, how do I go about forming a band?’, we offer it all, with much more going on than just making live music – we’re one of those rare beasts working with music education hubs. Practically speaking, we rock Cornwall!

Opening Times

Monday
Evenings from 7.00pm to 9.30pm
13 to 21 year old open drop-in sessions.

Thursday
Evenings from 7.00pm to 10.00pm
13 to 21 year old open drop-in sessions and regular live music.

Wednesday Juniors Club
Evening from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Juniors Club is for school years 6 to 8, supported by our elder young people working as volunteers and peer educators alongside adult youth workers.

Monday to Friday
Day time from 9.00 am to 4.00pm
One to one referral work by arrangement.

Who We Work With


We’re supported by many, including organisations like Saltash Town Council, headline bands, and a diverse mix of the great and good, from ordinary folks who want to make a difference, to music royalty. It’s no exaggeration to say that we’re actively supported by Pete Townshend (The Who), Brian Johnson (AC/DC), The Rolling Stones, Marshall Amps, Focusrite, Genelec, Fender and Gibson. We were a favourite cause of the late Lemmy (Motorhead) and Malcolm Young (AC/DC).

Based beneath the stunning twin bridges in Saltash, Cornwall, in a safe, fun and supportive environment, we help young people form a band, teach them to play music on instruments like bass guitar, lead guitar, electric guitar, drums, and for those who prefer a mic in their hand, there are vocal lessons. If their interest is on the technical side, we’ll also teach them professional studio mixing, and that vital backstage know-how, including stage lighting and even mixing and recording in our world-class recording studio right here in Saltash.

Did we mention we’re a 250-person capacity live music venue as well, hosting prestigious events like ‘Metal to the Masses’ heats and the ‘Livewire Festival’, giving every young person the chance to practice performance skills and perform in public? Our young members regularly meet musicians here – all inspirational and sometimes, world-famous.

In every case, we’re literally changing young people’s lives for the better. Livewire is run by professionals and Enhanced DBS vetted volunteers, and if you’re wondering what this incredible spectrum of services costs you, it’s nothing. That’s right, free music, free guitar lessons for kids, free guitar lessons for young people, free bass lessons for young people, free drum lessons for young people, free vocal lessons for young people, free singing lessons for kids, free singing lessons for young people, free vocal coaching and much more for any young person starting out in music, whether they have mental health challenges or not. For our incorporated youth club, which is open most evenings, we ask for an entry fee of £0.50 for each entry, but that’s it.

What’s on Cornwall? Livewire Youth Music, right here in Saltash, on the banks of the River Tamar.

JOIN US, it could change your life…

 

Who Supports Us


How you can help

Livewire has a great bunch of volunteers working to support young people in our world-class live music venue. We are always keen to hear from adult and young volunteers who are interested in supporting our young people at various levels and generally assisting in the day-to-day running of youth work provision.

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