Fringe Youth Beatz festival set to start
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 youthbeatz.co.uk/fringe
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