Over 3,000 young people and 700 volunteers descended on the grounds of Longford Rugby Club for the inaugural Foróige Hype Fest last Saturday. Described as the Electric Picnic or Oxygen for younger teenagers, the event was the first of its kind to take place in Ireland.
Attracting teenagers from across the country, Hype Fest 2012 kicked into action at 3pm and ran until 11pm. The line-up featured Roy Seven, The Kanyu Tree, Storyfold, UV5, The Aftermath, This Club, and the electrifying DJ Fergal D’Arcy.
“Hype 2012 was an absolute success. It was flawless and that was thanks to all the support received from within the community,” said Jim Maher, Regional Youth Officer, Foróige.
He continued: “The Gardaí, Longford Rugby Club, Pearse Park, the volunteers, Longford Tidy Towns, Mark Diffley and Brendan Gilmore Security – these were just some places from which we received great help.”
Fellow event organiser Ruth McGarry Quinn agreed.
“It gave 3,000 young people a fantastic festival experience in a drug and alcohol-free environment. I’d like to say thanks to the Foróige volunteers who ensured that the day went off without a hitch. The feedback from the young people has been superb,” she said.
Hype Fest 2012 was organised by the Attic Youth Café and was aimed at an audience aged between 12 and 18-years old. The festival also featured a disco tent, a karaoke area, a movie zone and an inflatable theme park.
Money raised at the event will go towards the development of a new youth facility in Longford town.
“Hype Fest 2012 is the start of a three-year project to get a new premises in Longford. The venue is not yet decided but we hope it will be somewhere between the two schools (Scoil Mhuire and St. Mel’s College),” said Mr Maher.
Ms McGarry Quinn added: “Once it is up and running the new facility will benefit thousands of young people in the Longford area for many years to come.”
Regarded as a major feat for Longford, Hype Fest 2012 is the first major national festival of its kind.
“It has put Longford on the map for all the right reasons,” smiled Mr Maher.
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