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Youth Beatz Festival is back, and is bigger and better than ever for 2018!

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Youth Beatz Festival is back, and is bigger and better than ever for 2018!

This year’s festival, which kick-starts the school summer holidays across Scotland, celebrates its 10 year anniversary and will be a key event in Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018.

Taking place over 2 days on Saturday 30 June and Sunday 1 July, Youth Beatz 2018 will move to a larger venue at Park Farm Showground, Dumfries for the first time in the festival’s history enabling more young people than ever before to enjoy a fantastic range of activity including a range of top UK headline artists.

Set to attract 40,000 young people from across the region and beyond over the 2 day period, Youth Beatz 2018 will welcome the following headline acts:


Saturday 30th June will be headlined by SIGALA and supported by JAX JONES & KELLI-LEIGH

Sigala, aged 22 has had a string of top 10 songs in the last 3 years with his biggest song being “Easy Love” which was a number 1 hit across Europe. Other UK hits include “Sweet Loving”, “Say You Do with DJ Fresh”, and “Give Me Your Love” with John Newman and most recently “Came Here for Love” with Ella Eyre.

Jax Jones, said “I’m really looking forward to coming to Dumfries to put on a great show! The crowds in Scotland are always so amazing and I just can’t wait to be part of this fantastic event.”

Jax Jones is one of the freshest new UK acts and his songs include “I Got You” with Duke Dumont, “You Don’t Know Me” and the recently released “Breathe” which featured in last week’s Official Singles Chart top 10.


Sunday 1st July will be headlined by RUDIMENTAL and supported by MAGGIE LINDEMANN & LUCY SPRAGGAN

Rudimental are an English drum and bass band consisting of Piers Agget, Amir Amor, Kesi Dryden and DJ Locksmith. They were nominated for a Mercury Prize in 2013, and won several awards including a Brit Award, and a MOBO Award for Best Album. Rudimental also received nominations at the MTV Europe Music Awards for Best New Act and Best UK and Ireland act. Rudimental has achieved multiple Platinum awards for record sales in several countries.


The group rose to prominence in 2012 when their single “Feel the Love”, featuring singer John Newman, topped the UK Singles Chart, and for which they were also nominated for a BRIT Award in 2013.


The group have released further singles, including “Not Giving In”, featuring Newman and Alex Clare, “Waiting All Night”, featuring Ella Eyre which also topped the chart in the UK, “Right Here”, featuring Foxes, “Free”, featuring Emeli Sandé, and “Powerless”, featuring Becky Hill. Rudimental were named by the BBC as the festival band of the summer. In 2013, Rudimental’s debut studio album Home debuted at number one in the UK Albums Chart and was also nominated for a Mercury Music Prize


Maggie Lindemann aged 19 is from Los Angeles and will be playing in Scotland for the first time at Youth Beatz. Her song “pretty girl” has had over 363 million listens on Spotify and has been huge seller all over the world.


Chair of the Nithsdale Area Committee Ronnie Nicholson said “Our Council is proud to continue our support for this vibrant community event that is of such benefit to our region. We’re delighted that the festival’s Main Event has expanded to two days, with the highly popular Fringe Festival running for 8 days prior to this, and the interactive hard hitting drama The Toon will also be making a highly anticipated return. Youth Beatz will continue to deliver the same high quality experience that the people of Dumfries and Galloway have come to enjoy so much.”


Youth Beatz have also announced that the expanded festival will include a 2nd performance stage called “UPLOAD” that will provide 32 performance slots for young musicians from around Scotland to show off their talent. There are also other new additions including a Comedy Tent and an exciting new partnership with Glasgow Science Centre. The main Youth Beatz days will be the highlight to end a 7 day Fringe Festival which will see a large number of community based events run over the Nithsdale area.


The award winning event is managed through a partnership led by Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Young Peoples Service, in conjunction with the Oasis Events Team. Formed in 2010, the Oasis Events Team have undergone a great deal of training and events experience and now work in close partnership with Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Young Peoples Services staff to co-design large scale events, such as Youth Beatz. The Events Team are also now training up the new youth members of the group in a peer led approach.


Michael Williams, young volunteer from the Oasis Events Team involved in organising the event said; “It’s great being involved in developing Youth Beatz and we are excited to play such a major role in Scotland’s Year of Young People. What we achieve each year is always so brilliant & it will be great to have even more young people at our event. The Events Team members are always working with the staff at the Oasis Centre to build on our events and productions skills, and we’re excited to show the difference we make through such a special event again this year. We’re also excited that, for the first time, we’re providing the opportunity for young event volunteers to get involved on a residential basis. They will learn some of the skills needed to produce such a large scale event and see what makes it so enjoyable for the public who attend – all this and they can have it count as a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Residential too!”

The event is supported by EventScotland, part of VisitScotand’s events directorate. Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland Director of Events, said “In 2018, Scotland is putting its young people in the spotlight with a year-long programme of events that will celebrate our amazing young talent and provide opportunities for young people to express themselves through culture, sport and a range of other activities.  Working with the events and festivals industry in Scotland, 2018 provides us with a special opportunity to showcase both our rich annual events programme and a host of brand new events which will bring the Year of Young People themes alive.”

 “We are delighted to be supporting Youth Beatz Festival to expand its offering during its special 10th anniversary year.  In addition to the fantastic range of activity, performances and headline acts which will once again reinforce Scotland as the perfect stage for events, the festival and indeed the region itself is exemplary in its approach towards youth participation and co-design, ensuring young people are in the driving seat at all times.”


 The festival will see an expansion of The Toon, which is a hard hitting interactive educational drama delivered by local young people and will provide young people with information and advice when dealing with issues that commonly affect their lives, such as: domestic abuse, poverty, bullying, alcohol, sectarianism and legal highs.

Councillor Tracey Little Provost of Dumfries said “Youth Beatz and the Toon is a community enterprise central to our Council’s values and not just a music festival. It inspires young people to take an active role in their community, and the range of activities available on the day and during the Fringe Festival supports our youth in fulfilling their potential. I am delighted that Nithsdale Area Committee has again part funded the event, maintaining the event’s heritage as the largest free youth event in Scotland, and thus open to all the young people of our region. I am sure the festival will continue to build on its previous successes in order to make it the best Youth Beatz yet.”