YOUTH FEST – Sunday September 14

September 3, 2014

Sammi Taylor

For the fifth consecutive year, Banyule’s annual Youth Festival is back with an even bigger and better line-up of bands, activities, performers and endless amounts of fun guaranteed.

With over 35 bands and DJs spread out over four huge stages, as well as countless activities, workshops and opportunities to experience all of what Banyule Youth Services has to offer, the day is once again shaping up to be jam-packed and brimming with young people.

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Banyule Youth Festival is entirely organised and run by the youth of Banyule. Jets FreeZa Crew and the team at Banyule Youth services have teamed up to present a festival full of fun, diversity and opportunities for youth to engage and become involved in their local community.

Cam Nicol, a part of the team behind Youth Fest, told me what he hopes the day will achieve within the community. “Hopefully it’s a great representation of what young people are interested in seeing in terms of music performances and showcases of other creative pursuits, like art as well. It’s a great opportunity for lots of local artists, bands, DJs and solo artists to perform to the local community. And there’s lots of young people interested in volunteering who can learn more about event management, sound engineering, film making and photography [through Youth Fest’s volunteer program].”

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“Youth Fest gives exhibition of all this work that goes on throughout the whole year, lots of stuff that happens at Jets with all the different programs there and lots of other programs that Banyule Youth Services puts on like Truth4Youth and the street art program.”

“There’s lots of examples of people working throughout the whole year and it’s great that Youth Fest exists because it gives them an opportunity to exhibit all this work that they’ve been doing throughout the year.”

The festival has been immensely successful in past years, and this year is expected to be no different. With over 1200 people rocking up to Birdwood Avenue, Macleod, in 2013, organisers expect 2014 to be even bigger.

Local youth are encouraged to participate in an array of activities on the day, with live music, rides, art and sport activities, circus performers, a photo booth, temporary skate park, interactive stalls (henna, nail art and temporary tattoos) and much, much more available—and it’s all for free!

“We absolutely loved the festival-feel atmosphere as well as the awesome crowds who came along to enjoy the event. We’ve been looking forward to playing at YouthFest this year as it was one of our favourite experiences as a band“ says Jess Maio, drummer from Kid Sydney, who are bringing their eccentric pop-rock set to the Youth Fest stage for the second consecutive year.

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Youth Fest 2014 will run from 12 – 5 on Sunday the 14th of September at Birdwood Avenue, Macleod (next to Macleod station).  Youth Fest 2014 is a fully supervised, drug, alcohol and smoke free event. You can find out more information at

Join the Truth4Youth team as we launch our FOURTH ISSUE of the biannual Truth4Youth Magazine at this year’s Youth Festival! We’ll have more free copies than you can poke a stick at, plus a free photo booth for you and all your friends to enjoy, thanks to INSTABOOTH. See you then, truthies! 

– Sammi Taylor

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