Young musicians in Bolton have an exciting new rehearsal and performance space.

The Ramp in Horwich, located in the former Nailed It building off Hampson Street, is the culmination of a six-year dream by the charity RockIt, a community-based initiative which provides music space and mentoring for young people aged 11-18 years.

Speaking at the official launch party, director Julie Crompton said: “The whole space of the Ramp is RockIt’s new HQ for rehearsals, educational sessions and community engagement.

“The amazing work to transform the event space has all been done by the volunteers of the RockIt community and funded by grants, funding and local sponsors.

“We have the amazing addition of the Bolton Gin Bar being attached, so it can be used as a live music venue.”

The Ramp boasts four, fully furnished rehearsal rooms plus a main performance room.

Joe Carr of Carr’s Pasties, also a director of RockIt, said: “I got involved about six years ago with my brother Matt and this was the vision we spoke about. Having a place of our own and getting the kids out on stage.

“You have this idea; you have a dream and this represents something fantastic. I’m in awe of how the community has come together.”

In November, The Ramp hosted a farewell show by Bolton band Jade Assembly, its first use as a music venue.

At the official launch night young musicians were invited to perform live, including Holly Jenkinson, The Rolling People and Arceu5. Special guests included Ryan Breslin and Nathan Peers from the band, The K’s.

Non profit organisation RockIt was awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in June 2022. The project was funded by the National Lottery, Awards for All, Magic Little Grants, Bolton Fund, The Oglesby Trust, GMP, parental contributions and supporters.

If you know a young person who is passionate about music and wants to get involved with RockIt, contact Julie Crompton on 07985 654558 or email