Fringe Youth Beatz fes­ti­val set to start

The Galloway News - - WEEKENDTIC­KET -

The count­down to this year’s Youth Beatz fes­ti­val in Dum­fries is on.

James Arthur and Cas­cada will head­line at Scot­land’s largest free youth mu­sic event at Dock Park on Satur­day, Au­gust 13.

All 12,000 tick­ets for the eighth fes­ti­val have been al­lo­cated.

In the run up to the big day there are a host of events un­der the Youth Beatz Fringe ban­ner which kicks off to­mor­row.

It will see dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties run­ning for seven days across Niths­dale in Kel­loholm, Dum­fries, Lin­clu­den and Lochside.

They’ll give teens even more to do over the sum­mer as all events are free of charge and do not re­quire a ticket. They in­clude: • a roller disco at the Maxwell­town High Sports Hub, Lochside, to­mor­row;

• a fam­ily fun day at the North West Re­source Cen­tre, Lin­clu­den, on Sun­day;

• a dance event in The Venue night­club in Dum­fries on Sun­day evening;

• a tal­ent show at the Oa­sis Youth Cen­tre on Mon­day;

• a fam­ily fun day on Tues­day at the Ac­tion For Chil­dren Build­ing in Kel­loholm;

• Laser Quest and moun­tain bik­ing on Wed­nes­day at Cal­side Park, Dum­fries fol­lowed by a sports evening at March­mount MUGA, Dum­fries;

• a health and well­be­ing day at The Oa­sis Youth Cen­tre, Dum­fries, on Thurs­day;

• and the House of Imag­i­na­tion at Moat Brae on Fri­day from 1pm–7pm

Times are to be con­firmed at youth­

Mean­while, next Satur­day gates at the Youth Beatz Fes­ti­val open at 1pm with non-stop mu­sic un­til around 9.30pm.

Ris­ing lo­cal bands ONR, Bella and the Bear and Scope will also per­form.

There will be a host of new at­trac­tions in­clud­ing Spi­der Moun­tain, a maze of seven elas­ti­cated webs; a climb­ing wall and as­sault course.

There will also be fair­ground rides; a moun­tain bike as­sault course; surf sim­u­la­tor and more.

The Youth Beatz in­ter­ac­tive in­for­ma­tion zone re­turns to raise aware­ness of is­sues af­fect­ing young peo­ple such as drugs, sex­ual health and more.

Coun­cil­lor Tom McAughtrie, chair­man of the com­mu­ni­ties com­mit­tee, said: “We’re de­lighted to sup­port an event that has some­thing for all the fam­ily as well as be­ing such a great com­mu­nity event.

“We’re very well aware of the im­pacts Youth Beatz has on the lo­cal com­mu­nity and econ­omy but it’s great to see the range of old favourites and new ac­tiv­i­ties that the event is bring­ing this year.”

We’re de­lighted to sup­port an event that has some­thing for all the fam­ily

Head­liner act For­mer X Fac­tor win­ner James Arthur

Fes­ti­val fans The crowd at last year’s Youth Beatz

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