A band from Lincoln will be performing at the Royal Albert Hall on 10 November as part of the Schools Proms 2014.

Local pop/folk band The Pylons is made up of five talented young musicians aged 16 to 18, all studying at William Farr School.

They were first discovered by BBC Introducing, and as a result have played a number of festivals this summer including Beat Herder Festival, Y Not Festival and Galtres Parklands Festival.

Lead vocalist and acoustic guitarist Barney Alexander said: “We’ve been a band for about a year and we’ve had a very exciting summer going to loads of festivals.

“We played the BBC Introducing stage, Beat Herder Festival, Y Not Festival and Galtres Parklands Festival. We’ve been trying to do as many festivals as we can to gain more experience.

“We have also produced our first EP and we have another one coming out soon”

The band have had a fantastic summer, even rubbing shoulders with top musicians including solo artist Newton Faulkner.

The band with Newton Faulkner (centre).

The band with Newton Faulkner (centre).

Trumpet and backing vocalist Joe Davies said: “We chilled out with Newton Faulkner who was just sat outside his tour bus; he even watched us perform. We also played football with a band called Amber Run and we got chatting to many inspiring musicians.”

Despite these highlights, their biggest gig is yet to come: they will be performing at the Albert Hall this November. Barney explained how they got such a incredible opportunity:

“It’s with an event called Music for Youth; we did the regional festival in Boston and it went down really well. Then we got asked to do the National festival in Birmingham but we weren’t too thrilled with our performance. 

“We knew the Albert Hall was the next step but we didn’t expect to get that far. Then we got a call to say we were playing at the Albert Hall, it was a brilliant moment and we can’t wait.”

The local band are enjoying great success and have even racked up 100,000 views on Youtube for their songs Shadows and The Race.  

The band say they are looking forward to next summers’ festivals, and the new challenges next year brings.

Their next gig is at The West End Tap in Lincoln on September 13 for people who want to see them live before they go to the Albert Hall.

The Pylons’ EP, Sun, is available to download from iTunes now.

To find out more about the band visit their Facebook and Twitter pages.


The popular Lincoln BIG Ice Rink will return to City Square this winter, and will welcome skaters from November 29 until December 31.

Last year, the Lincoln BIG Ice Rink proved to be a great success with thousands showing off their skating skills, including professional skaters Kelly Hemingway and Neil Chilcott, who opened rink.

The ice rink, which is closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day, will otherwise operate from 10am to 9pm daily – with the last skating session starting at 8pm.

The penguin skating supports will also be returning with specialised sessions for the younger members of the family – although older siblings, parents and grandparents can all join in the fun.

The 25m by 15m rink will be staging events where local businesses, community groups and clubs can hire the space at a reduced rate and re-sell tickets for their sessions.

Lincoln Ice Rink ticket prices

This year, ticket prices for the rink will remain the same as in 2013.

At peak periods, child/concessions are £5.50, adults are £7.50 and group tickets are also available. Off peak prices will be a discount of a pound.

Lincoln Ice Rink by the numbers

  • Around 20,000 people come to skate at the Lincoln ice rink each year
  • It takes 10 days to build the ice rink so it’s ready to skate on
  • This will be the seventh time the ice rink has been in Lincoln over Christmas
  • The first Lincoln ice rink was held in 2005
  • In 2010 Lincoln was affected by a snow storm, but that didn’t keep people from skating on the ice rink
  • One hour skating burns around 500 calories, so it’s not a bad way to help with the Christmas indulgence!

For many having one job alone can be extremely stressful and challenging enough, however, Alison Duncombe, Theatre Development Officer at the Terry O’Toole Theatre in North Hykeham, can have as many as nine jobs at a time.

These include being a treasurer, pantomime script writer, costume designer and creator, set builder, back stage crew, chaperone, director, fundraiser, marketer and many more.

Alison’s dedication and love for the theatre is clear to see, she works tirelessly in her own time to keep the theatre running.

The theatre that was once described as a “hidden gem” by BBC Radio Lincolnshire, is an intimate, 200-seat venue which presents a vibrant, quality programme of professional drama, music, dance and children’s theatre, complemented by a wide range of community performances.

Alison oversees the day-to-day running of the theatre, which can be a stressful and tiring job, but there’s a big reward for all the work she does.

She said: “I do all this work because of my love for live performance and the arts, the challenges the job brings and working with people of all ages.”

With such a small budget and venue there are many challenges in the job. Getting shows on and attracting an audience to come can be very difficult.

“The theatre is only a small venue and the team who work with me comprises of just the Technical Manager and a part-time Theatre Administrator, plus a small team of casual technical staff,” she explains.

“With a tiny budget and a limited capacity it can be challenging to promote the theatre across the county and further afield, but my team are dedicated and enthusiastic and support in many ways, over and above their basic job descriptions.”

Theatre is very important to Alison, she loves the reaction and joy the theatre has on audiences, especially the positive responses of children. She believes the theatre is vastly different to the big screen and it has a different effect on people.

She said: “I feel that the arts can enhance everyone’s life and engage people in a very different way to films or TV performances.”

“I love to see the response of children at our children’s theatre performances as they discover the magic of live performance, or feel the buzz of the audience at one of our many community performances.”

Theatre work brings so much joy to Alison; working at the Terry O’Toole Theatre has had its many positives over the years. 

“Celebrating the theatre’s 10th anniversary in 2012 was a career highlight, also finding that we had successfully built our audience from around 4,000 per year in the early days, to well over 9,000 a year.

“ACTion Community Theatre will celebrate its fifth anniversary in 2015 and it’s been a delight to see the company go from strength to strength; some of the youth members who joined the company at a young age now going on to study music, drama and dance at college or university.”

Alison has achieved a great deal over the past 10 years, but she is most proud of the unbelievable work done by the theatre team.

“I’m most proud of my theatre team: they do a fantastic job of welcoming audiences and performers alike to the venue. Especially the members of the ACTion Community Theatre, who stage super productions for their local community and put in hours of dedicated voluntary work to make the shows happen.”

Alison is described as a hugely valuable member of the North Hykeham community; without her the theatre would cease to exist. Her hard work and determination has seen the theatre become a huge success providing opportunities for the performing arts for the community.

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