Attached photo courtesy of Shane Brierley Music Facebook page
Attached photo courtesy of Shane Brierley Music Facebook page

Livewire youth music regular appears on ITV's 'THE VOICE' 2023

Shane Brierley (18) who regularly attend the Monday night sessions at Livewire Youth Music and who features in the Livewire Promotional video on the home page has entered The Voice 2023 competition. Filmed some time ago, his blind audition was screened on Saturday 9th December, he performed a sublime rendition of Tom O’Dell’s song ‘Heal’. 

Speaking about how he feels ahead of the show’s airing, Shane said: “I’m nervous to see myself on TV but I’m really excited for everyone to see me. It will all probably hit me on Saturday when I actually see the show.” 

All of us watching had our hearts in our mouths as, despite his amazing performance, the judges teams were nearly full it was looking like no-one was going to turn, then bam, Will.I.Am slammed his button, making Shane the final member of his team. 

Speaking to Shane, said: “You are awesome.” Judge Anne Marie revealed that she also hoped to hit her button for Shane, but sadly was too late. She said: “That was pitch perfect, the tone was beautiful. And I didn’t press it, I’m sorry I didn’t do it in time but you’re amazing.” 

You can see his performance here… 

The second stage of the competition is the ‘Callbacks’. The four coaches are all assisted by guest mentors to help make their decisions. They all have their ten acts from the ‘Blind Auditions’.

From here, the artists are put into a group of three or four where they will all take individual turns to perform the same song – given to them by their coach. Their coach then picks one artist per group to advance to the semi-final, leaving each coach with 3 semi-finalists. In total, 12 artists advance to the semi-final, eliminating 28 acts during the process.

Shane’s links  




Livewire alumni weekender and fundraising vinyl compilation album planned for march 2024

Livewire Youth Music are planning a weekend of live music on the 23rd and 24th March 2024 along with the sale of a vinyl compilation album featuring music from Livewire bands/artists past and present. 

The idea came about after it was confirmed we didn’t have a highlevel gig in the March after Stiff Little Fingers performed for the last two years. Andy Rance suggested to Mike Snook (Events Co-Ordinator) that we tried to see if a couple of bands that were still about that formed at Livewire, but were now too old to be members and a couple of the current bands would like to put on a show 

The following week the conversation came up again when Andy and some of the trustees met some interns from Plymouth University offering support, of which one was an Events Intern, it was suggested that this would be a good project for her to work on. 

Fired up from this conversation, Andy set up a group chat with as many Livewire Alumni as he could remember who were in bands over the last 20 years, asking if anyone was interested. Within 24 hours we had a list of 25 acts interested, including bands that were keen to reform for the event. So an evening of entertainment has become a weekend of reflection and reunions with the Saturday expected to be the heavier bands performing and the solo artists such as The Voice’s Shane Brierley and more indie, pop, folk bands performing on the Sunday. 

Both Andy and Mike were blown away by the response and are now putting together a team to make this happen. 

In addition to what is looking like a spectacular and emotional weekend, a while back Dave from DMS (Disc Manufacturing Service) had offered Andy free pressing of a compilation album on vinyl, this had stalled a little as life had got in the way and when asked if it was still on the table, he said yes and offered Livewire 250 copies including remastering the tracks for vinyl. We are currently gathering in the tracks from the bands taking part in the event and hopefully we could have the record in time to sell on the weekend, with all proceeds going towards Livewire.  

Livewire will be asking the young people to design the artwork for the sleeve. 

Bands expected to play are Refuge of The Fallen (reforming for the event), Minor Offences (reforming for the event), Courting Summer (One of the first bands formed at Livewire), Junk, Horizons, PitcherUK, The Outlanders, Haunt The Woods, The Quantize (Acoustic set, reforming for the event), plus bands that include Alumni such as Breather, Entity of Maker, Monochorme, Wild Fenn, Lacerta and current bands and artists such as Death Assault (Metal 2 The Masses finalist for the last two years), The Kites, Sleaze, Levi, Nicole, Caitlin, Joey, Millie, Roisina and Shane. With still more to confirm. 

Tickets for weekend are on sale now via Seetickets at £10 per day or £15 for the weekend (Plus fees). 

Livewire has a major facelift inside and out

The Livewire building had been looking quite tatty and certainly since the Wheatsheaf was pulled down, the adjacent end of the building had become quite exposed to the weather. Pieces of guttering were broken and one more major storm could have caused catastrophic damage to the roof.  

The repair and redecoration work was put out to tender and over the last few months AD Williams have been working hard to repair the roof, edging and guttering and completely repaint the outside in strong weather resistant paint. 

The building is now a gorgeous shade of blue at the front, which Andy states reflects our position by the river and also matches the colour of the Livewire logo. Andy goes on to sayYou will notice we painted the back (Brooke Close) white, this is to make the back as bright as possible for the neighbours and I think it does that”. 

We have always felt really proud being part of the waterside community for so long and I know in the past the building has been a bit of an eyesore now and then but I really think this lifts our little end 

On the inside, earlier in the year the back corridor was repainted and floor replaced after a leak in the lower flat roof had caused some damage, This was completed by the Royal Navy recruits from HMS Raleigh.

Keith Conlin Photography.
Keith Conlin Photography.


In June 2023 we held a fundraising gig which featured two bands Metal Fatigue and The Jack, the drummer for the Jack had never been to Livewire before and was absolutely blown away by the project and everything it does and also the set up in the venue.

He felt that while there was nothing wrong with the sound system in the venue, it was dated and if the young people were to be able to get a real feel for working in the music world then the venue deserved to have a current industry stand set up.

The sound desk and lighting desk were both industry standard. He called a relative who regularly gives money to charity and told her all about Livewire, she donated £10,000 towards purchasing a Line Array sound system.  

The gentleman working with trustees and Andy Rance approached Electro-Voice, who offered a heavily discounted system for the venue. We needed to find another £15,000. Which was kindly donated by Pete Townshend from The Who. 

On 15th November The Electro-Voice XLE Line Array system powered by Dynacord L3600FD Amplifiers was installed by Arthur Achard and team. Not only have they supplied and installed the system and now tuned it to the room, they will be returning to the venue periodically to train the young people on how to rig the system and tune it ongoing.  

It is believed that the Livewire Youth Venue now has one of the best (if not the best) sound systems in any venue of its size in the South West. Our young people are absolutely blessed by the support and generosity of the general public and the music industry.  

Why not come along to one of our ALL AGE EVENTS in 2024 to hear it for yourself.