National Award For Dumfries And Galloway’s Youth Beatz Festival’

The team that delivered Youth Beatz, including The Toon experience, is celebrating after Youth Beatz was crowned the overall winner of Young People’s Project of the Year category at a prestigious awards ceremony in Glasgow.

The Society Awards celebrate projects and initiatives that demonstrate value, innovation and best practice in Scotland’s public and third sectors. A panel of expert judges shortlisted the best nominations and selected winners in each category.

Cairn Langan, a young person from the Oasis events team, said: “Really amazing news. It just goes to show that our event keeps growing and getting better every year. It really makes all the effort put in by so many people worthwhile.”

As part of the 2018 Year of Young People, Youth Beatz, including The Toon, celebrated its 10th year by expanding to a 2-day festival for the first time and attracting a capacity crowd of 40,000 across the weekend.

The unusual heatwave helped to create a wonderful atmosphere as young people enjoyed headline acts Sigala and Rudimental and participated in a vast array of activities throughout the site.

Councillor Adam Wilson, the Council’s Champion for Young People, said: “This is tremendous recognition for a fantastic event that celebrates young people and really puts Dumfries and Galloway on the map. It’s further evidence that the national reputation of Youth Beatz, as the biggest event of its type in the country, is still growing. All the young people, volunteers and staff involved in pulling it all together should feel extremely proud of this achievement.”


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