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Young Gums to bloom at music festival again


The Gum Ball Music and Arts Festival will welcome the return of the very popular “Young Gums” Youth Mentorship program in 2022.

Established in 2021 by the team at Dashville, the highly-triumphant initiative was an overwhelming success in its first year.

And, due to that strong response, it’s back when the extravaganza hits Lower Belford, near Singleton, again in April.

“Young Gums is an immersive five-day music industry-based learning experience for 10 selected regional high school kids who are interested in music festival production and events,” Dashville’s main man Matt “Magpie” Johnson said.

“It provides pupils a rare opportunity to access the arts through a ‘live’ festival that allows them to consider music and events as a viable career path.

“Qualified professional artists, event managers and musicians are paired with specially-selected regional youth keen on festival production, staging, lighting, recording, songwriting, vocal training, music production and performance.

“As a key activity, the youth project funded by Festivals Australia has selected students participating in daily rehearsals with a team of music professionals in order to deliver a huge ensemble performance on the final day of the three-day festival.”

Applications are now open to teens aged 14 to 18 until 20 March.

The project runs from Wednesday 20 April until Sunday 24 April.

“All applicants must have parental consent,” Johnson said.

“Students can apply with a short video and story showcasing their musical ability and passion.

“So, we’re encouraging hopeful Young Gums to submit their best work on time.

“Pupils are selected by a board of musical professionals who are involved in the project.”

Meanwhile, the 2022 edition of The Gum Ball (22 to 24 April) will feature the likes of Bad//Dreems, Skunkhour, Mia Dyson, Horrorshow, Didirri, Ed Kuepper with Jim White, Claire Anne Taylor, Wolf & Cub, Isobel Knight and her band, Hot Potato Band, Swedish Magazines, Baby Velvet, Vaudeville Smash, Bananagun, Jazz Party, Bobby Alu, Pollyman, The Bottlers, Ruby Gill, Fools, Van Walker & The Ferriters, Bones & Jones, Horse Drawn Cadillac and Peach Fur, with more artists to be announced in coming weeks.

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