'All right guys, I just want you all to go craaazy!' screams Sebastian Stitch into the microphone before launching into a loud, energetic instrumental number that does indeed send the crowd wild. Within two minutes, a slip on the edge of the stage lands him flat on his back, but in true rock-n-roll tradition he keeps on playing, hardly missing a note. The 12-year-old rocker is the front man of Voodoo Child, one of nearly 20 young bands playing at YRock POP 2 International Music Challenge, at the Edge earlier this month. Sebastian and his band have been attending monthly YRock gigs since they began two years ago. 'I just love performing,' he said. And was he fazed by the fall? 'No, it was cool. It happens sometimes.' YRock has grown considerably over its second year, expanding into an increasing number of schools as week-long programmes where students produce original songs and videos. Founders Ricky 'Spinn' Cumes and Belinda Howard describe the monthly gigs as a 'youth event with an adult section'. 'I think it's really important for these kids to have a place where they can perform regularly in a safe environment,' said Spinn. 'It really lets them develop and grow as musicians.' Underscoring the experience of being on stage, the young musicians received a professional critique of every performance. Following its success in Hong Kong, there are plans to expand the programme to English-speaking students throughout Asia next year, depending on sponsorship. A permanent YRock club and cafe is also in the offing. The uncontested star of this year's show was emerging legend, 16-year-old drummer James Campion, who blew the crowd away with a solo that stretched his drum kit to its limits. The one-word comment on YRock musical director Cary Abrams' score card said it all: 'Killer!' YRock 2007 concerts are due to start in February. See www.yrock.com.hk for details.