Youth Beatz 2019 is already set to be another momentous year in festival’s now 11 year history! The festival is set to take place on the weekend of Saturday the 22nd and Sunday the 23rd of June, once again at Park Farm, Dumfries. The festival last year attracted 40,000 people over the course of the weekend, from across Scotland, with the same numbers expected this year. The festival’s main event provides young people with a wide variety of opportunities and experiences, topped off with performances from some top UK headline artists, and local rising stars.
Headline acts for this year’s festival have already been revealed previously in April. The Saturday will be headlined by British drum and bass DJs Sigma, and previous X Factor winner, English singer songwriter Louisa. The Sunday will see a headline slot filled by Professor Green, a British rapper, singer and songwriter who previously graced the Youth Beatz stage back in 2013, with Sunday’s second headliner being kept quiet for a little while longer, until now.
Set to be one of the biggest artists to perform at Youth Beatz since its first festival back in 2009, The Vamps are set to take Youth Beatz 2019 by storm!
The Vamps are a British boy band comprising of James McVey, Bradley Simpson, Connor Ball and Tristan Evans. Since they burst onto the scene in 2013 – debuting at Numbers Two, Three and Two with their first three singles (Can We Dance, Wild Heart, Last Night) – the four musicians have barely stopped. Their debut album, 2014’s Meet The Vamps, was another smash, followed 18 quick months later by their second album, Wake Up. Within a matter of months the band had sold out London’s 20,000-capacity O2 four times.
Along the way there were collaborations, with Demi Lovato (a duet on Somebody To You), Brooklyn Beckham (star of the video for the single Wake Up), Shawn Mendes (who featured on Cecilia) and 20th Century Fox (a cover version of Carl Douglas’s Kung Fu Fighting, for the soundtrack Kung Fu Panda 3). They’ve also found time to launch a label, Steady Records, signing American band The Tide and British trio New Hope Club. And in between and all around there was touring. Lots of touring. The band are barely into their twenties but already they’ve undertaken three world tours.
Lead vocalist Bradley Simpson said: “We are delighted to add Youth Beatz to our summer festival performances, we can’t wait to see what all the fuss is about!”
Michael Williams, young volunteer from the Oasis Events Team involved in organising the event said; “We cannot wait to give The Vamps a big Youth Beatz welcome! This really speaks volumes of the amount of hard work that happens behind the scenes of this fantastic event right here in our region, and we would encourage people to snap up their tickets as soon as possible!”
Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Young People’s Champion, Councillor Adam Wilson said, “Our Council is delighted to be welcoming The Vamps to Youth Beatz 2019, and this will provide us with an excellent opportunity to continue the festival’s work as part of our region’s legacy plans for Year of Young People. It is also fantastic that the festival is set to continue attracting people from across Scotland to Dumfries and Galloway through the inclusion of such high quality UK top artists.”