Over 3,000 teenagers are expected to descend on the county later this month when the Longford Rugby Club plays host to the inaugural HYPE (Help Young People Everywhere) Festival. On Saturday May 19, the gates will open and from 3pm to 11pm the grounds will come alive as never before.
The line-up features some of the biggest names in Irish music including The Aftermath, UV5, Storyfold, This Club, The Kanyu Tree, Roy Seven and Fergal Darcy. These will be complimented by the Disco Tent, a giant games tent, a chill out tent with all-day movies, a karaoke tent, a zorbing area, a climbing wall, a bungee run, a giant slide, lazer tazer, and Gladiators.
“We want to establish a youth centre here in Longford. That is why we came up with the idea of a youth festival,” said Jim Maher, Regional Youth Officer (RYO) Foróige.
He added: “We want to raise enough money to renovate a purpose-built youth centre. This is the first time that the event has ever taken place.”
With over 53,000 teenagers (aged 12 – 18 years) affiliated with Foróige, this national youth festival is certain to attract high numbers to the midlands town. Tickets, which cost e30 each, are selling well.
“The response has been excellent nationwide. Phenomenal even. Tickets are nearly sold out but there are still some available for locals,” said Mr Maher.
Last year the Attic Management Committee achieved success in the Permanent TSB Youth Citizenship Awards with the popular Discount Card scheme.
“We feel that following on from that we’ve proven the need for a youth centre. We now have over 800 registered members that we engage with on a monthly basis,” said Mr Maher.
This year Foróige celebrates its 60th anniversary in Longford. In November 2006, the Attic opened its doors and since that time it has grown from strength to strength.
“It is volunteer run and led. We felt that this year we needed to come out and do something on a larger scale. You’ll only collect so much money holding buckets,” said Mr Maher.
For further information about the HYPE Festival, click on www.hypefestival.ie or contact Jim Maher on 086-9672920.