ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Now in its 18th year, The Blues on the Bay Festival’ started out with only 20 gigs and has now progressed into one of the World’s most popular blues festivals boasting over 90 gigs. The festival organisers have always stuck to the principal of it being a ‘musician’s festival’ and it is the music that has always been its key to success. Similarly, as the event is a not-for-profit voluntary project, costs to festival goers has always been great value-for-money. Over the years, artists like Van Morrison, Peter Green, Paul Jones and Dr Feelgood have appeared in small intimate venues.
WHY A YOUTH LED PROJECT?
The Festival runs over five days and offers a variety of concerts and music workshops. The Bluesberry festival in the park offers a variety market with outdoor performances over the weekend, ideal for families, children and young people. However, we feel that there’s a need to cater for young people aged 12-17 and offer dedicated events that will appeal to that age group.
The festival takes place over a bank holiday and attracts a lot of young people to the town of Warrenpoint, which is great to see and contributes to the “festival” atmosphere. In the evening, however, whilst adult festival goers are safely enjoying the music, young people are unable to participate in the festival as it takes place in establishments where the minimum age for entry is 18. This may lead into unsafe, unhealthy choices, at times antisocial behaviour and put young people at risk.
We believe that it’s time to have a dedicated event(s) for young people 12-17 and see this as an opportunity to engage with young people in the area. A project led by young people, for young people, with the support of mentors, can be a real success.
Event Managers: Niall Markey, Julie-Ann Smart and Ciara Taylor
The event manager is key to the overall look and feel and safety of the event. The volunteer supervises the delivery of each day’s events and activities. The event manager will gain first-hand experience of what is involved in bringing together a large scale event.
Mentors: Nicola McEvoy and Phil Reilly
Finance and Admin Volunteer: Alice Murphy
The budget support volunteer will keep up to date records of all expenditure associated with the youth events within the Blues on the Bay festival. The volunteer works closely with the Event Manager and the Activities Coordinator.
Mentors: Sean McKevitt
Performance Coordinators: Laura McAleenan, Oisin Groom and Georgia Bannon
The activities coordinator (s) volunteer (s) will plan and manage the programme of youth events and what performances or activities will be showcased during the festival.
PR & Marketing Officer: Abigail Foran
The PR & marketing volunteer will manage the delivery of all media related activity in relation to the Youth Blues on the Bay events.
Mentors: Ian Sands
Web & Graphic Designer: Sarah Rice
The web & graphic designer will administer and update web and social media content and design promotional materials including banners, posters, leaflets, events calendar.
Mentors: Columba O’Hare and Johnny Savage
Volunteer Coordinator: Ryan Stewart
The volunteer coordinator will assist in the overall wellbeing of volunteers at the Blues on the Bay festival. The volunteer will ensure that all required roles are covered each day and volunteers have sufficient breaks and receive meals.
Mentors:Aidan McCabe and Raquel Rodrigues Keenan
Photography Team: Peter Hollywood and Gavin O’Hare
The photography team will capture the spirit of the Blues in the Bay Festival Youth Events. At the centre of the musical events, activities and workshops you will, through photography, illustrate the atmosphere of the festival and support the long lasting images which will remain.
Mentors: Jaydee Fegan and Ryan O’Callaghan
Film Making Team
The film making team will capture the spirit of the Blues in the Bay Festival Youth Events. At the centre of the musical events, activities and workshops you will, through the power of the moving image, illustrate the atmosphere of the festival and support the long lasting images which will remain.
The meet and greet volunteer team will provide a first point of contact for those visiting the youth events within the Blues on the Bay Festival and will provide a valuable support mechanism and lasting impressions of the event.