23/11/2010 by mcmakarolyn
Fresh new band The Dress Down Kids gave students from Manchester Creative and Media Academies (MC&MA) a wake up call to remember when it made its debut performance at the boys’ site.
The Manchester-based r’n’b/rock six-piece, put together after a chance meeting with Shameless star Tina Malone, got students up on stage for a 9am performance that MC&MA boys reported on, with the help of Manchester radio station Key 103.
Fletch, The Dress Down Kids’ lead guitarist, said: “In a school they want to take part in things because it’s their morning, so we thought it would be a good idea.
Drummer Ajay added that the pupil’s response to their performance was fantastic: “I thought the audience were amazing. They were cool kids.
“It’s great when you can bounce off the audience; you just give a bit more.”
Tyler Broad from 9R was one of the students who got on stage. He said: “This morning we watched a performance by The Dress Down Kids, and on the Key 103 media bus we managed to get an interview with them.
“I enjoyed it very much. We asked them a few questions, they were really funny people.”
Ola Sobande, who is in 9B, added: “It was really good experience. We’d like to do more things like this in the future.”
The boys came up with questions for The Dress Down Kids in groups, using the Manchester radio station’s media bus’ facilities, with the help of trained staff. The questions were part of a package made for broadcast – and the group considered to be the best were invited to Key 103 for the day.
The event helped to kick start the preparation for the academies radio station first-ever broadcast.
Mrs Kelly, Lead Practitioner Gifted and Talented and Aimhigher programmes, organised the event. She said: “Key 103’s involvement has been brilliant for our students. They were so pleased with our students’ attitude towards the work.
“We’re really looking forward to getting our radio station up and running – and it was a really useful way to kick things off today.”
She added: “The event was a huge success and the feedback from pupils and staff was fantastic.”
The students going to Key 103 are Luke Wayne-Williams, Ola Sobande, Tyler Broad, Callan Richards, Robert Duck, Declan Ratcliffe, Nathan Farrell, Ryan Braithwaite, Billy Taylor, Sam Ledger, Richard Lunn and Ronan Hunston.