Council Announce YouthBeatz Headline Acts

This year once again sees Youth Beatz coming to Dock Park, Dumfries, and we are proud to announce the acts that will headline the main stage at Youth Beatz are JAMES ARTHUR and CASCADA.

Having enjoyed successful events in the past seven years running the event with our partners, our Council expect thousands of young people to flock to Dock Park on Saturday 13 August to attend Scotland’s largest free youth music event. Demand for tickets is sure to be high as the headline acts will be popular among spectators again this year. The main Youth Beatz day will be the highlight to end the 8 day Fringe Festival that will see a large number of community based events run over the Nithsdale area.

JAMES ARTHUR is a British singer-songwriter who won the ninth series of The X Factor in 2012. His debut single, "Impossible", was released after the final and debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart in its first week of release. It has since gone on to sell over 1,289,000 copies in the UK, and 2.5 million copies worldwide. He released his self-titled debut album in November 2013 and it debuted and peaked at number two on the UK Albums Chart.

James said;

“It’s always a pleasure playing to the Scottish crowds and I’ve been told the atmosphere at Youth Beatz is amazing. I can’t wait to come and experience it!”

Since the release of their first album almost ten years ago, CASCADA look back on world-wide successes like Everytime We Touch, Miracle, Evacuate The Dancefloor, San Francisco, Summer Of Love or The Rhythm Of The Night. Front-singer Natalie Horler and her team of producers and writers Yann Peifer and Manuel Reuter have topped charts in more than 20 countries with their irresistible dance-pop songs. Collecting numerous awards throughout their career, they have established themselves as one of the top European dance floor acts.

Natalie from the band said;

“We’re really excited to come to Dumfries to give everyone a great show. We’ve got some new material that we’re looking forward to sharing, along with the classics. See you all in August!”

The headline acts will all be supported by some brilliant local youth talent from our region that includes ONR, Bella and the Bear and Scope.

Councillor Tom McAughtrie, Chair of the Council’s Communities Committee said;

“It’s great that our Council is able to continue to support the flagship youth festival for our region. This year’s festival will run for 8 days and will be of the same high quality that the people of Dumfries and Galloway have come to expect and enjoy so much. The event has such a great impact on the local economy and the impact on the young people is massive. The acts are really impressive – now we just need to hope for the good weather.”

Now in its eighth year, the award winning event is managed through a partnership led by the Community Learning and Development Service Nithsdale in conjunction with the Oasis Events Team. Funding for the event has been secured from Nithsdale Area Committee, Choices for Life, Young Start, CashBack for Communities, Westsound and the Inspiring Entrepreneur Project.

Youth Beatz 2016 also sees the evolution of the hard hitting immersive and interactive learning experience – The Toon. Following last year’s great success with the World of Wonka, The Toon brings a new twist on dealing with issues that affect young peoples’ lives. Topics addressed will include domestic abuse, poverty, alcohol, sectarianism and legal highs amongst others. Over 50 local young people volunteer to be involved in developing this and will be working all summer to put together this award winning educational experience.

Councillor Ted Thompson, Chairman of Nithsdale Area committee said;

“Youth Beatz and The Toon are community enterprises central to our Council’s values and not just a musical 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. The team bringing together the event have a proven record in bringing value to the communities that comprise our Region. 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 open to all the young people of our region. I am sure it will continue to build on previous successes to make it the best event to date.”

Youth Beatz 2016 is a free event. Tickets are required and can be obtained from the Official Youth Beatz website –

Priority will once again be given to ticket applications from Dumfries and Galloway postcodes to ensure as many local residents get to attend the event.

Cairn Langan, young volunteer from the youth events team involved in organising the event said;

“This year’s Youth Beatz lining up to be amazing… again! I’m really lucky to be involved in The Events Team at the Oasis Centre, and helping organise Youth Beatz. The Events Team are always working with the staff at the Oasis to keep making the event better, and it’s great to see the difference we make through such a special event.”

In the days and weeks leading to Youth Beatz and on the days of events, we have a high number of volunteers who give up their time to come and help - this event would not be possible without them. Last year saw over 60 volunteers give their time between Youth Beatz, Youth Beatz Fringe and World of Wonka. Keep a look out for this year’s volunteering opportunities in the next few weeks to find out how you can be part of it.

Also returning for 2016 is the successful Youth Beatz Fringe, that will see different events running for 7 days across Nithsdale including events in Kelloholm, Dumfries, Lincluden and Lochside giving young people even more to do over the summer.

Keep visiting for more information as it becomes available, and the full programme will be available in the coming weeks.