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Boy has arm broken in assault at a Dumfries festival

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The police are appealing for witnesses after an 11 year old boy had his arm broken during an assault at the Youthbeatz Festival in Dumfries yesterday evening.

Officers say the boy was attacked near to the VIP tent at around 5:45pm. The incident occurred as a group of boys were playing with 'silly string'.

Police say they want to speak to two boys aged between 11 and 13. One is described as over 5ft tall with short dark hair wearing dark blue shorts and a blue Lacoste polo shirt which had black sleeves and collar.

The other is under 5ft tall, with short blonde hair, wearing jeans and a grey Ralph Lauren polo shirt.

Ben Haenow & Example to headline Dumfries Youth Beatz Music Festival

Rapper, Example, will co-headline the 2017 Youth Beatz music festival Credit: Dumfries & Galloway Council

X-Factor winner, Ben Haenow and rapper, Example, have been announced as headliners at the 2017 Youth Beatz Music festival in Dumfries.

The festival will be taking place at the Dock Park on Saturday, 12 August.

It is considered Scotland's largest free youth music event.

I’m really looking forward to coming back to Scotland to put on a great show! The crowds up here are always so amazing and I just can’t wait to be part of this fantastic event.

– Example, real name Elliot Gleave

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Scotland's free youth music festival returns to Dumfries

The Youth Beatz festival will return to Dumfries this year Credit: Youth Beatz

Scotland's largest free music youth event returns to Dumfries this year.

The Youth Beatz music festival attracts an audience of 12,000 people and features some of the country's most high profile artists.

Previous acts include Professor Green, Cascada, James Arthur, Amelia Lily, Tinchy Stryder, Emma's Imagination, Alexandra Burke, Chipmunk, Wagner, and N-Dubz.

This year, it will take place at Dock Park in Dumfries from 1pm to 9.30pm on Saturday, 12 August.

The festival aims to provide young people between the ages of 12 and 25, with a safe environment where they can gain information on a range of youth services available to them.

It also aims to promote skills development, build confidence and self-esteem, and foster community spirit and civic pride.

It is managed through a partnership led by Dumfries and Galloway Council.

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

Dumfries play tackles tough issues

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A new play written by young people in Dumfries is set to be performed at the town's Youth Beatz festival this summer.

"Our Toon" deals with difficult subjects like bullying, drug abuse, and teenage suicide.

More than 300 people have already seen it at Dumfries and Galloway Council's Youth Enquiry Service on Buccleuch Street.

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Thousands turn out for Youth Beatz Festival

12,000 people attended this year's festival Credit: Dumfries and Galloway Council

Police have praised the behaviour of the 12,000 young people who turned up to the Youth Beatz Festival in Dumfries.

Amelia Lily was one of the festival's performers Credit: Dumfries and Galloway Council

The event passed off without the trouble which marred last year's festival.

Teenagers from across Dumfries and Galloway saw acts like rapper Professor Green and X Factor finalist Amelia Lily as well as local performers.

This is the fourth year the event has been held Credit: Dumfries and Galloway Council
Professor Green performing at stage Credit: Dumfries and Galloway Council

It is the largest free youth festival of its kind and the fourth year it has been held.

The crowds turned out in full for the festival Credit: Dumfries and Galloway Council

Youth Beatz festival hits Dumfries: Full report

The Youth Beatz free festival attracts 12 thousand teenagers and is the biggest of its kind in Scotland. Local tax payers are contributing 52 thousand pounds towards this year's concert, but there were incidents of underaged drinking which marred last year's events.

With the new venue this year so close to people's homes at the David Keswick Athletic Centre, there were fears of a repeat. But police and organisers insist that the security levels have now been tightened up.

Tinchy Stryder - "I can't wait to perform at Youth Beatz"

Chart topping act Tinchy Stryder says he can't wait to perform in Dumfries in September.

He'll be performing at Dock Park at Youth Beatz on 15 September at Scotland's largest free youth-music event.

"I can't wait to perform at Youth Beatz.

My Scottish fans always make sure there is a brilliant atmosphere."

– Tinchy Stryder