Amplify: a youth voice series

Musinc’s Amplify programme will include a series of youth voice events and open mic nights. We would like to hear from young people who are interested in expressing their opinions on music opportunities. Young people will get the chance to have their say in our programme of activities or organise music events for other young people.

Our monthly virtual open mic nights are free to join and run in partnership with Tees Valley Music Service. You can see dates and find out more here.

Launch event

Thursday 31st  March, 6-9pm, free entry, The Firestation, Middlesbrough Town Hall

If you’re aged 14-25 and love music, don’t miss our Amplify launch event!

For this launch event, we welcome live performances from special guest musicians Shakk and Joe Ramsey, an artist Q&A, an open mic stage, and a chance to have your say on music whilst enjoying some free pizza and drinks!


Contact us

If you would like to perform in the open mic slot for the event, please email

We are able to provide some subsidies for transport and access for this event. Please contact us to discuss your needs.

About the guest musicians

Joe Ramsey

Middlesbrough born singer-songwriter Joe Ramsey equips himself with a timeless approach to music and the genres you can go between when writing, disinterested in the trends that surround him on the day to day. With a string of releases to date garnering support from the likes of Clash, Earmilk, 1883 and Atwood Magazine, Joe has certainly caught the attention of many, and has spent his last year in lockdown consistently producing and collaborating with others.

With an eclectic string of influences from The Police, John Mayer and Ben Howard; Joe has now found his own, individual indie, folk sound with him being likened to major artists such as Liam Gallagher and Jake Bugg.  

“The blossoming indie-folk force matches precocious energy with a plaintive sense of lyricism, resulting in something hugely potent.” – CLASH


Shakk creates eclectic, powerful, and emotive songwriting, in addition to captivating live performances and a diverse music range, which has had his growing fanbase drawn to him since the release of his first single.

Bursting onto the scene in September 2018, Shakk sold out his E.P launch night in his hometown, performed at the O2 Academy, Twisterella & Lindisfarne festival, and much more whilst gaining support from the likes of Bobby Friction from BBC Asian Network, BBC Radio Introducing and becoming Ride Music Artist of the Year along the way.

Shakk’s second E.P saw the release of stand-out singles like Friends, Butterfly Trees, and Sunrays. His single Sunrays was BBC Introducing’s Track of the Week by Rianne Thompson and added to the BBC Introducing 2020 Hotlist. He was shortlisted for Performing Artist of the Year at the 2021 Culture Awards, was the first rapper to ever perform at Durham Cathedral in its 888 year history, and was awarded track of the week for the second time for his single Living Proof by BBC Introducing.