Youth Beatz 2019 is nearly here

After months of excitement and preparation, Youth Beatz 2019 is almost here with 40,000 young people expected to attend.

This year’s event will once again take place at Park Farm, Dumfries after last year’s festival expansion for Year of Young People, which seen the festival go from one day for 12,000 people, to a two day event for 20,000 people. The continued expansion is thanks to the ongoing support of Dumfries and Galloway Council who value the young people living across Dumfries & Galloway and want to give them a truly memorable experience.

For 2019, there are lots of new and exciting things to do and see at Parkfarm such as the I Am A Raver Stage, Mini Golf, Segway’s, Caving Experience, and the usual old favourites; the Oasis Centre Main Stage, the Youth Enquiry Service Stage and The Toon.

The UK’s largest free youth music festival is all set to welcome a Capacity crowd of 40,000 ticket holders over the weekend of Saturday the 22nd and Sunday the 23rd of June. Park Farm will play host to headliners THE VAMPS, SIGMA, LOUISA JOHNSTONE and PROFESSOR GREEN, as well as a variety of Dumfries and Galloway’s young and upcoming performers.

Youth Beatz 2019 also sees a return of the hard hitting, immersive and interactive youth learning experience – The Toon. The Toon Productions Presents “Disnae” an alternative take on some well-known fairy tales, in an innovative way of dealing with the issues that commonly affect young people’s lives. Topics addressed will include mental health, drugs, knife crime and domestic abuse. Over 100 local young volunteers have been working since Easter to put together this award winning educational experience. Make sure you book in early at the Toon Box Office to ensure that you get a place on a tour, as the tickets always go fast!

Throughout both afternoons in the park, there is a massive range of activities for all of the family to get involved in; Galloway Activity Centre area, Inflatables, Caving Experience, Mini Golf, Hamster Zorbing, Segway’s, Kids Tent, Target Wrestling, Glasgow Science Centre, Play Talk Read Bus and much more! There will also be a Youth Information Area where local and national organisations will be promoting their services for young people. The Council’s Youth Work Service Team also have their Youth Work Area, where you can find out what youth services you can become involved in, and what is on offer across Dumfries and Galloway.

Dance and music performances will be provided throughout the day on the YOUTH ENQUIRY SERVICE STAGE, giving festival goers the opportunity to see some of Dumfries and Galloway’s best up and coming young performers, with the OASIS CENTRE STAGE also hosting performers from across the region, and Scotland. Programming for the Youth Enquiry Service Stage has been carried out by a panel of young people, who are involved in the Oasis Events Team and the Junior Events Team.

The full line ups for each stage can be found on the Youth Beatz website, and on our social media platforms.

Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Young People’s Champion, Councillor Adam Wilson, commented on the final preparations for Youth Beatz 2019, saying: “I would like to thank all of the staff and volunteers who were involved in the planning and delivery of the event, without whose effort and commitment we could not have pulled off another successful Youth Beatz event. Our Council is proud to have seen Youth Beatz return for a two day event as part of our legacy plan for our successful Year of Young People and I look forward to beginning the planning for the next event.”

Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events, said: “After its success in 2018 as part of the Year of Young People, it is great to see Youth Beatz return to Dumfries this year with what is set to be a bigger and better event. Scotland is the perfect stage for music festivals and, with its young people still at its heart, Youth Beatz is the perfect example of the legacy and impact our themed years can have.”

Now in its eleventh year, the award winning youth event is managed through a partnership led by Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Young Persons Service in conjunction with the Oasis Events Team. The event is supported by the National Events Programme Fund, managed by EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate. Further support for the event had been secured from Youth Link Scotland, Cashback for Communities, The Robertson Trust, Alcohol and Drugs Partnership and Young Start.

Mark Molloy, Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Manager for Young People’s Services said: “Once again this year, we have seen fantastic demand for the tickets for the event and all tickets for the festival are now gone. We would strongly advise people who do not already have tickets not to turn up on the event days, as no further tickets are available. All successful ticket applications have been processed and tickets distributed by the event organisers. We would also ask that people arrive early, as there will be no admission to the event after 8pm on both the Saturday and Sunday. A reminder that no food or drink can be taken into Park Farm and all attendees will be searched upon entry and we would encourage people to follow all traffic directions which will be in place across Dumfries.”

Police Scotland has worked in partnership with Youth Beatz planners over many years to ensure the focus of Youth Beatz is on young people being able to attend and enjoy the event in safety.  This is a no alcohol event and a robust policing plan is in place to ensure that anybody who enters this area in possession of, or under the influence of alcohol will be refused entry.

Chief Inspector Stuart Davidson, Local Policing Commander at Dumfries said: “We would like to remind those attending Youth Beatz that it is an alcohol-free event, and as such local officers will be working closely with event staff to ensure anybody in possession or under the influence of alcohol will not gain entry to the event.  We are again looking forward to another successful weekend following on from last year’s first two-day event at Park Farm.  The success of Youth Beatz over the years is very much linked to the first-class planning at a local level with a host of partners in Dumfries and Galloway.  This event, which is one of the largest on our calendar now in the region is a real community effort. All partners that are involved in the planning and delivery of the event want it to be a success and enjoyable for all and would appreciate cooperation of those attending the event. I will be at Youth Beatz overseeing the policing operation and look forward to another successful event.”

To get up to date information surrounding this year’s event, visit www.youthbeatz.co.uk or follow @YouthBeatz1 on Twitter.

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