Swale’s Big Music Takeover

Swale’s Big Music Takeover (SBMT) was a 16 month project for 14-19 year olds in Swale.

The project was aimed at supporting young people to make confident choices about careers in the music industry.

There were many ways for young people to get involve. These included



Based on our sessions in 2018, Disquiet gave young people between 14 to 19 the chance to play music as a band. These sessions were held at New House Youth Club in Sittingbourne on Saturdays with a Open Mic sessions held on a regular basis.

The young musicians played public events and even had a live session on 106.9 SFM – Sittingbourne’s Community Radio Station.


Audio Camps

There were four Audiocamps workshops covering different aspects of the music industry.

This group learned from Amanda at Sheppey FM how to create a radio show, interview techniques and had a tour of BBC Radio Kent and BBC South East in Tunbridge Wells.

Listen to our podcast that tells the story of our Radio Audio Camp below:

EP From Scratch
This group wrote two Halloween songs which were recorded at Sittingbourne’s Big Jam Studios

Read more about this Audio Camp in project manager Paul’s blog.


Musical Theatre
Young people used songs from the musicals to showcase their love of musicals.

Event Planning
Those who took part learnt how to plan, market and organise an events.


Swale’s Big Music Takeover 2020

In 2020 SBMT went online.

To support young people in our community during lockdown we hosted online music making sessions with a focus on mental health and wellbeing in partnership with Mind and Bemix.

The result of this was Frozen Breaths – a soundscape that was created by the SBMT young musicians and Debbie Sowter.


Swale’s Big Music Takeover was supported by National Foundation for Youth Music, and using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Also funded by Kent County Council and with support from Kent Music.


[Main photo: Rikard Österlund]