Tens of thousands of young people enjoy Youth Beatz in Dumfries

Dumfries hosted the UK’s largest free youth music festival over the weekend with 40,000 people from the region and beyond taking home a wealth of memories.

Managed through a partnership led by Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Young Peoples Service in conjunction with the Oasis Events Team and Event Scotland, Youth Beatz was held at the Park Farm showfield with an army of volunteers, including those working towards a Duke of Edinburgh Award, also helping make it possible.

It followed a hugely popular Youth Beatz Fringe which featured events across the region.

Funding for the event was secured from Young Start, Awards for All, Alcohol and Drugs Partnership Dumfries and Galloway and Dumfries and Galloway Council.

A spokesperson for Dumfries and Galloway Council said: “Youth Beatz has highlighted what our region has to offer and this would not be possible without the help and valuable inputs of all the dedicated staff, Events Team and volunteers both youth and adult, and we are incredibly appreciative of all of their fantastic efforts.

“Youth Beatz is more than a music festival, it allows young people to broaden their horizons and to try new things, and we already can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2025.”

During the weekend the crowds were entertained by well-known UK acts Saint Phnx, Cascada, Jonas Blue, Alice Deejay, Sigala and Talia Mar, as well as some young up and coming performers from across Dumfries and Galloway on the main stage.

The Second Stage, ran in partnership with DMC (Dumfries Music Collective) featured performers from across Dumfries and Galloway and the rest of Scotland including Reece Williamson, Connie Ewart and Megan Black. The Dance Stage featured performances from dance acts from across the region, including Stranraer, Newton Stewart, Dumfries and Lockerbie.

The Toon youth drama production – designed to be a hard-hitting and shocking way of providing information to young people aged 14 to 25 about current issues that may be affecting them or may affect them in the future –was host to more than 2,400 young people over the weekend.

Youth Work partners promoted their services alongside partners from local and national community organisations and there was plenty of fun to be had on the inflatables, wrestling and other attractions.

The Kids Tent included Road Runner, Tell Together Tales by Renita Boyle, Double Trouble, and transformed into a huge children’s party each night with BJ Children’s Entertainer and Sophie Stardust.

Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland director of events, said: “Events play an important role in our communities and I’d like to congratulate the Youth Beatz team on delivering another outstanding, sold-out event.

“They provided the perfect stage to celebrate the diverse talent and endless potential of young people from across Dumfries and Galloway in a safe and friendly environment.”