Talented act getting ready to rock Y-Not

Ripley rockers Parasight are from left to right Daniel Guyler 14, Bradley Smith, 16, Tom Platts, 14 and Tom Spray, 12.

Ripley rockers Parasight are from left to right Daniel Guyler 14, Bradley Smith, 16, Tom Platts, 14 and Tom Spray, 12.

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A group of Ripley rockers who met at Mill Hill School are set for their first major festival - with a slot at this year’s Y-Not.

Parasight are 16-year-old singer Bradley Smith, 14-year-old guitarists Tom Platt and Daniel Guyler – and drummer Tom Spray, who is just 12.

The foursome, who describe their music as classic rock “delivered how it should be,” got the chance to be part of the expanding Derbyshire festival through the Turn it Up project at Belper-based Fleet Arts. Singer Bradley, of Peasehill, is looking forward to the band’s first major outing at Y-Not, which runs at Pikehall from Friday August 2, to Saturday, August 4.

He said: “We’re all excited. My cousin is in a band that played at Bloodstock, and he’s been giving us lots of tips.”

The Turn it Up Music project sees Fleet Arts launch rock school-style workshops around schools in the area for six weeks at a time. During which they get talented young musicians to form groups to teach them top performance and lyric writing tips. Last year Turn it Up took young bands to busk at Y-Not Festival - but this year they have secured two acts, including Belper-based Chase the Rain, a slot on the Allotment Stage, on Sunday, from noon until 12.30pm.

Parasight got together in February and have already played Ripley Music and the Shipley Emerge Festival. Their Facebook page already has 224 likes so far.

Bradley, said the boys’ dream was to play at Download Festival in Donnington.