Young stars prepare for Berko Unplugged

It’s just over a week away from this year’s Berko Unplugged – a showcase of the town’s young music and dance talent.

The show will feature the likes of bands Comrade Cycle and The Man’s Machine, Michael Jackson song dancer Dan Elliman, 15, and 15-year-old solo singers Laura Hughes and Amelia Cochrane.

Dan said: “When he announced he was going to do a tour, I started to get really into Michael Jackson and learning his dances from Youtube.

“First I learned the moonwalk and it sort of grew from there. It was hard to begin with, but when you get into the swing of it a lot of his moves are quite similar.”

Comrade Cycle will perform Hold The Night from their debut album, expected to be released next year.

The Man’s Machine, fresh from opening the town’s BerkoFest music and comedy festival in September, will perform songs from their new album Marble Places.

Rhythm guitarist Charlie Dufficy, 16, said: “We are trying to make our way in the tough graft that is the music industry.

“But we do enjoy making music and playing songs. It’s one of our favourite hobbies. We love playing.”

Berko Unplugged will be at Berkhamsted School’s Centenary Hall in Kings Road from 7.30pm to 10.30pm on Saturday, November 10.

Tickets are £8 for adults and £6 for students and all funds will go to the town’s Swan Youth Centre.

Charlie said: “It’s all to raise funds for the Swan Youth Centre, a beautiful place – it’s like my second home.”

Berko Unplugged is in its third year, and it last year raised £1,700 for the centre.

Centre coordinator Clare Muir said: “Seeing all the young people performing and the talents they all have is just so inspiring.

“Also we encourage the young people to get involved in all aspects of the event, not just the performing, but the planning and delivery of the project as well.

“It really is their event.”

> To book tickets for the event, phone 01442 384349.