Monday, July 11, 2022

The Foróige Amplified Music Festival in Knockmore, Ballina. Picture: John O’Grady.

Almost 2,000 young people travelled to Knockmore on Saturday to attend what has been described as ‘Electric Picnic for young people’.

Foróige’s Drug and Alcohol Free Music Festival Amplified made its return after a two-year absence due to the pandemic, with young people from all over Ireland in attendance.

The main stage featured DJs Steven Cooper and iRadio’s Louise Clarke, while the event also included a silent disco, a chill-out zone, games and amusements with something to suit everyone.

Anne Marie Thompson from Lacken Foróige club was a member of the organising committee and she said “We’re so happy to be back hosting this festival, it’s been sorely missed by everyone involved!

“After the tough time young people have faced during COVID, this festival is a cause for celebration to see them back enjoying themselves in person. This festival gave nearly 2,000 teenagers from across the country the chance to experience a fantastic festival where they can enjoy their favourite music, meet friends and generally have a great time – all in a safe environment. 2023 is already in the making and we couldn’t be more excited!”

The Foróige Amplified Music Festival in Knockmore, Ballina with leaders Ciara Durkan & Romy Battle. Picture: John O’Grady.

While Sean Campbell, CEO of Foróige said: “This event has been organised entirely by volunteers and young people  and is a huge achievement by everyone involved. I want to thank the volunteers for the immense amount of work that has gone into organising this event, and for facilitating the work of Foróige with young people, empowering them to be the best that they can be.

“This event is about celebrating young people, what it means to be young and about coming together as a community and supporting young people in their journey which is all too often a difficult one. Here’s to more events like this!”

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