Skegness Academy pulls the plug on gig

Plug pulled: Black Velevt were disappointed when told they couldn't play a gig.

Plug pulled: Black Velevt were disappointed when told they couldn't play a gig.

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A father has lodged a formal complaint with Skegness Academy after the school pulled the plug on his son playing at a party.

Sixteen-year-old pupil Jordan Powley and his band Black Velvet were booked for a staff member’s birthday party at Southview Leisure Park only to be told they wouldn’t be able to perform.

Excited at the prospect of playing in front of a large audience, in a ‘paid for’ gig with his recently-formed band, drummer Jordan said: “I felt gutted when we were told we were not allowed to play.

“We’ve just started up and the money earned from the gig was going to be used to fund new music equipment for the band.”

Jordan’s father, Andrew Powley, said he contacted the Academy to query why they couldn’t play. He said he was told that it would not be a good environment for pupils and staff to mix, when alcohol is being consumed.

He added: “I think it’s a real shame that the Academy cannot support their pupils out of school, particularly when Jordan tells me that Grammar School teachers turned up on a weekend to support the band and used the gig to form part of a GCSE assessment.”

The party was a private function and the connection to the Academy was that the whole band, apart from the lead singer who attends Skegness Grammar, was from the school.

Mr Powley said: “I think it’s grossly unfair on Jordan and his band, we know other people connected to the school that attended the party. Jordan was not going to be involved with the party, apart from playing with his band. The issue lacks common sense.”

The Academy provided the following statement: “The father has lodged a formal complaint with the Academy and so until the process has been concluded we are unable to comment.”

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