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James Arthur to headline Dumfries Youth Beatz

The Youth Beatz launch for 2016 Credit: D&G Council

The 2012 winner of The X Factor, James Arthur, is set to headline this year's Youth Beatz concert in Dumfries.

The event has been running for the past seven years and attracts thousands of young people to the Dock Park in the town centre.

Also performing at the concert on 13th August will be dance and pop band Cascada.

“It’s always a pleasure playing to the Scottish crowds and I’ve been told the atmosphere at Youth Beatz is amazing. I can’t wait to come and experience it!”

– James Arthur

"It’s great that our Council is able to continue to support the flagship youth festival for our region. This year’s festival will run for 8 days and will be of the same high quality that the people of Dumfries and Galloway have come to expect and enjoy so much.

"The event has such a great impact on the local economy and the impact on the young people is massive. The acts are really impressive – now we just need to hope for the good weather.”

– Councillor Tom McAughtrie, Dumfries and Galloway Council

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Keswick Jazz Festival swings into 25th year

Trumpet player at Keswick Jazz Festival. Credit: Keswick Jazz Festival

The 25th Keswick Jazz Festival begins today, and will run until the end of the weekend.

The music festival will see top bands bringing the New Orleans sound to the Lake District.

You can see the full schedule here.

This 25th festival line-up is the most exciting ever. As well as many of the festival favourites there are many new faces of all ages, from near and far; exciting young musicians, seasoned professionals and international stars, all sharing the same stages.

There will be more women performing this year than ever before, a refreshing variety of styles of bands, and a number of interesting new musical combinations formed especially for the festival.

– Graham Hughes, Festival Manager

D&G summer festivals programme launched

A launch event for the festival programme. Credit: ITV Border

Dumfries and Galloway has officially launched it's summer festival programme.

The schedule gets underway with Spring Fling and the DG Arts Festival both taking place later this month.

The local council say that promoting the area's creative talent brings a significant boost to the wider local economy.

Spring Fling alone brings in around 13,000 people, 50 percent of those from outside the region.

That is good for promoting the arts in the region, but it is also fantastic for the local economy. Spring Fling alone brings in investment of around £1.5 million.

– Cllr Colin Smyth, Dumfries and Galloway Council

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Wedding bells for famous local mountaineer

Sir Chris Bonington to marry today. Credit: ITV

It's reported that legendary mountain climber Sir Chris Bonington is getting married today.

The 81 year old mountaineer, who lives near Caldbeck, is believed to be marrying Loreto McNaught-Davis in a London ceremony.

Around 60 family members and friends of the couple are due to attend the church service.

The marriage comes almost two years since Sir Chris’s wife Wendy died from motor neurone disease in July 2014

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