It was the brainchild of the Foróige Attic Youth Café and last year seen the first Youth Festival of its kind to take place in Ireland and it happened here in Longford. The Hype Youth Festival was designed to engage young people at an alcohol and drug free environment where they can mix with their peers from all around Ireland in an enclosed festival only open to Foróige members from around Ireland.
The festival attracted over 3,000 young people and 500-plus volunteers from around Ireland on May 19 last year. The festival was a huge success with plenty of inflatable’s in the theme park as well as disco, film, and game tents around the site along side headlining groups such as RoySeven, This Club, Kanyu Tree, StoryFold and DJ Fergal Darcy to give young people the ultimate festival experience in a safe environment.
Following on from the success of last year’s festival the event organisers have promised an even bigger festival with the line up including The Original Rude Boys, This Club, StoryFold and again iRadio’s popular DJ Fergal Darcy will entertain the crowds which are expected to be up considerably on last year’s 3,000. Like last year, the event will be home to an inflatable theme park, disco tent, games tent, Zorbing, entertainments area and much much more.
A lot of new attractions have been added to the site including Kart Racing tracks and water Zorbing. The 2FM roadcaster will be onsite on the day with the Saturday Show presented by Ruth Scott and Paddy McKenna.
Speaking to the Longford Leader, event organiser Jim Maher said, “Excitement is definitely building up around the country, as application forms for tickets are arriving into the organisers to secure bookings. Last year’s festival saw over 3,000 young people attend the event from all over the country, from Cork right up to Donegal, and this year it will be no different. Word about the festival has spread, which will attract many more young people from Foróige clubs and projects making the festival the largest youth festival of its kind in Ireland and it’s being hosted by Longford.”
Tickets for the event will go on sale for one day only in the Attic Youth Café on Friday March 1st from 4pm – 6pm and will be sold on a first come first served basis. Tickets can also be booked on the day by deposit and paid off through the savings scheme established in the Attic.
Tickets cost €30 for the day long festival and will include full access to all areas on the day. Only members of the Attic Youth Cafe can purchase tickets on the day.
How do you become a member? Just fill in a parental permission form available from your school; get the school stamp on it and return to the Attic before or on the day. It is important for parents to be aware that the festival is strictly for secondary school students. National School pupils are not permitted at the event. Tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable. If you wish to contact event organisers please email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also check out the festival on www.hypefestival.ie and connect to the festival via Facebook and Twitter.