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Anonymous name dropping youths charge up festival
YOUNG people can sometimes get a bad rap. There are days when it can seem like the news is full of stories about teenagers and their misdeeds.
If you have ever found yourself guilty of negative thoughts, spending some time with a group from Dorchester would change your mind in an instant.
Because these young volunteers are busy putting the finishing touches to a major annual event that last year saw more than 1,500 people head to the town.
These youngsters are ready to rock as all their hard work culminates in the free family festival, Anony-mous, this weekend.
For the fifth year running Dorchester Youth Extra has organised Anonymous, which takes place on Saturday at Maumbury Rings.
The event grows year by year and it is hoped its popularity will continue.
West Dorset District Council community development officer Emma Scott, above, who co-ordinates the festival, said: “This is the fifth Anonymous festival that Dorchester Youth Extra has put on and it is great to see that the event gets better and more popular every year.
“Organising an event like this takes a lot of behind the scenes work and the young people involved in helping to set it up get to learn loads of skills, from fundraising to marketing.
“They also spent last Thursday making lots of decorations for the site – see if you spot their amazing pom poms at the event.”
Currently confirmed on the main stage are The RPM’s, a ‘power trio’ rock band with a hint of reggae and ska, Saturday Sun and Nick Capaldi, who has recently completed his debut album ‘A Shade of Orange’ with Rolling Stones producer Chris Kimsey.
J-Cats, who will be heading to Bestival later this year, The Outsiders - ‘Somerset/Dorset purveyors of Americana with a flavouring of rock, blues and a touch of punk’ – and recent Battle of the Bands winners The Pickups will also perform.
This year’s festival will be joined by the ‘Anonymous Travelling Market’ (ATM) – an array of stalls and entertainment to celebrate the best of the south west. Youth forum member Chloe Lovell, right, said this is set to be ‘the best line-up ever.’
Fellow member Demi Watts aged 15, added: “Anonymous is a great chance for local bands to show off their talents.
“It has been, and will continue to be, an excellent day for the whole family to enjoy.”
As ever, say the organisers, the day is ‘about more than great music’. There will be a whole host of activities to give Dorchester a day to remember.
Those with an adventurous side can put their inner daredevil to the test and try free-running and slack-lining.
There will be a bouncy castle, as well as a chance to get crafty with graffiti art and craft workshops.
“In fact,” added Emma, “everything you need for a great day out with the family – as well as food stalls, fresh coffee and cakes and even a bar in a yurt.
“Anonymous is a special event as it showcases younger musicians who you might not ordinarily get to hear.
“The talent that these performers have is extraordinary and they are likely to go far in the music business – so this is a good chance to catch them before they get famous and to be able to say you saw them at the start of their careers.”
Davina Gilbert, senior mentor of Dorchester Youth Extra, said: “I have seen first-hand the organisation and commitment that goes into this festival since its beginning and it has always been a success, no matter what the English weather throws at us.”
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