About Us/COVID

About Us/COVID

COVID-19

This is really, really important.

We believe it’s crucial for young people that we provide some form of normality through the COVID-19 outbreak. 

What’s happening and what’s going to be happening at Livewire Youth Music?

Mondays: Junior sessions (10 to 13) from 6.30pm till 8.30pm: People will need to pre-book a place – there are guitar and drum lessons, karaoke, pool and table footie. £1 per session – to book, please email julie@livewireyouth.com or message her – Julie Livewire.

Tuesdays: young men and young women’s groups (14 to 21) 6.00pm till 8.00pm: These are gender specific support groups, plus we’ve got Matt Livewire giving free guitar lessons and Sam Downing drum lessons, also free. If you’d like to attend this session please message either Julie or myself. 

Wednesdays music sessions for young women  (13 to 21) – 6.30pm till 8.30pm: With Josie Livewire and  June Livewire and one of our youth work students. To book a place please email or message julie@livewireyouth.com£1 per session.

Thursday night senior sessions (13 to 21) 7.00pm till 9.00pm: We can only have up to 30 people in for the time being so you will need to pre-book a place (if you’re in a band or you want to hang out with your friends, you’ll need to make sure you’re all booked in) – guitar, vocal and drum lessons will be available as well as all the usual support. Contact Julie to book a place. £1 per session.

Friday night well-being group  13 to 21 – 6.00pm – 8.00pm: With Heidi At Livewire,  Lorraine At Livewire and Matt giving guitar lessons.  These sessions are specifically for young people who struggle with anxiety and need something a little less busy. Message either Heidi or Lorraine if you’d like to attend. Free.

Saturdays: 10.00am till 4.00pm: We offer free recording sessions for young musicians/bands, if interested please message me  (Andy) in the first place.

Hopefully on the 19th July we can remove the up to 30 capacity and get back to normal. WHOO HOO! 🙂

If you would like to book a place on any of these sessions please either message Julie Livewire or email her on julie@livewireyouth.com

All our counselling and youth worker support is continuing as normal. Contact either Elaine At Livewire or myself (Andy).

Get involved with Livewire!

About us when there’s no pandemic…

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!

Who we work with

Our great support

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).

Where we are and what we do

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…