Singing for headspace: $1K to charity

ORGANISERS of Dreamfields Festival Y-Fest say they were happy their budget broke even and hope it will become an annual festival.

Craig Dent said the event, held at Riverina TAFE Environment Centre at Thurgoona, attracted between 200 and 300 people to the alcohol and drug-free youth event that featured nine hours of music from national and local acts.

“We had initially set the budget at around that mark ... we broke even before we got here so that’s less stress and we knew the kids could come and have a good time and we raised awareness,” he said.

“It’s not the Big Day Out or anything.”

Money from sponsors such as Rotary, the Albury Council and Albury Tafe, as well as other donations, will go to the Border headspace centre.

Mr Dent said more than $1000 would go to the cause.

“I’d love to see this as an annual event for headspace,” he said.

Thurgoona schoolgirl Vanessa Skrypczak, who performs as Kelebek, was one of the festival’s feature artists.

Miss Skrypczak, 17, made it to the final 24 of reality music show X-Factor last year and she has since released her first EP, entitled Chains.

She said festivals like Dreamfields provided a means for young people to both perform and be entertained and she urged teenagers to get behind the cause.

“It’d be nice if we got the younger kids more involved, a lot of kids get involved in not-so-good stuff,” she said.

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