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Sandgate Youth Festival

Story: Christine Chamberlain | Photo: Ben McShea
Aug 21, 2019
SANDGATE Youth Festival
Home-grown four-piece youth band, Friday Marmalade, can’t wait to take to the stage at Sandgate’s newest music festival. Celebrating the music community with a focus on young and emerging artists, the first Sandgate Youth Festival will be held at Einbunpin Lagoon Park this month.

High school students Jess Heeney, Maddie Buechler, Fin O’Connor and Dani Harvey formed their indie-rock band, Friday Marmalade, in 2017, and auditioned at the recent Einbunpin Festival for a spot at the new music festival.

“We auditioned with our hit song Paramour, and successfully got a spot. We are super grateful to be chosen out of many other talented candidates,’’ guitarist, Fin said.

Of the 13 acts that auditioned at the Einbunpin Festival Youth Stage, eight acts made it through to the Sandgate Youth Festival. An overall winner will be chosen on September 7.

Friday Marmalade vocalist and bass player, Dani, said the new youth festival was a great opportunity for local musicians of all ages to bond over a love of music.

“I think events like these are important for our community because it brings everyone together,’’ Dani said.

“We live in such an amazing area and it deserves to be celebrated with festivals like this, as well as broadcasting young talent that is all over the area.’’

Deagon Ward councillor, Jared Cassidy, and local businessman, Brendon Hofmeier, are responsible for turning the local music event into a reality and are excited at the event’s possibilities.

“I’ve been very passionate about promoting our community as a real hub for music,’’ Jared said.

“This is an idea I’ve had for some time and after a fair amount of planning and working with Brendon Hofmeier, we’ve pulled this together.

“Brendon is passionate as a young person about supporting young artists and promoting music in the community.

“I hope this is the start of a lot more of this type of thing in and around Sandgate. We have such talented people.’’

Jared encouraged people of all ages to come along to the centre of Sandgate to enjoy the music and festival atmosphere.

“The bands performing and competing are youth and the activities are aimed at young people, but their parents and others are of course more than welcome. We hope they would come to support youth music,’’ Jared said.

As well as an afternoon of music, there will be food trucks and a range of free activities, including mini golf, giant games, free face painting, Henna tattoos and a photo booth.

For more information follow the event on Facebook.

Sandgate Youth Festival
Saturday, September 7
Einbunpin Lagoon Park, Sandgate
4pm-8.30pm
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