Event to host top tal­ent

Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph News - Ai­den Boy­ham

Two Bal­divis teenagers are on track to have hun­dreds of lo­cal youth danc­ing the night away, with Tranby Col­lege stu­dents Ben Boyd, 16, and Bran­don Dod­son, 14, put­ting the fin­ish­ing touches on a huge mu­sic event.

As event or­gan­is­ers, Ben and Bran­don are set to host Youth Fest 2017 at Tranby Col­lege Oval on April 22.

The al­co­hol, drug and smoke-free event is avail­able to 14 to 17 year olds and is set to fea­ture some of the hottest lo­cal mu­si­cal tal­ent, in­clud­ing DJ Muzz, Dif­fu­sion and Matt Dekker.

Ben said the event — the first of its kind in Bal­divis — was ap­proved by the City of Rock­ing­ham and fully or­gan­ised with a mas­sive stage, food, drink and se­cu­rity on hand.

“We’ve had the idea for over a year now and we al­ways wanted to throw a big one like this,” Ben said.

“We de­cided to go ahead with it and get as much help as we could.”

Bran­don said the pair had bat­tled a num­ber of late nights in prepa­ra­tion for the big event and also had to ne­go­ti­ate with the school and lo­cal gov­ern­ment to ar­range the venue.

“It felt like ev­ery night we’ve sat up un­til 1am try­ing to sort out pa­per­work and get­ting ev­ery­thing sorted from spon­sors to get­ting the oval,” he said.

“But it’s been pretty good be­cause the school and lots of others have been sup­port­ive.

“Bal­divis Events have been a great help as well; they have helped with a lot of the pa­per work, which has saved us a lot of time and work.”

The young duo said they were in­spired to or­gan­ise the event as the south­ern sub­urbs often missed out on big youth events. “Ev­ery­thing is based up in Perth, Joon­dalup or Fre­man­tle,” Bran­don said.

“There are heaps of teenagers down here and they’ve wanted some­thing like this for a while.”

Although al­most all the boxes had been ticked, the pair said they were still open to a main spon­sor jump­ing on board what was sure to be a “fan­tas­tic” event.

Tick­ets are avail­able via the Youth Fest 2017 Face­book page.

Photo avail­able at west­pix.com.au Pic­ture: Ai­den Boy­ham

Ben Boyd, 16, and Bran­don Dod­son, 14, have spent months pre­par­ing for Youth Fest 2017.

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