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PLANTING A SEED: Dashville launch Young Gums youth mentorship program

The good folks over at Dashville HQ are paying it forward to the next generation of festival production and events boffins with an immersive new youth mentorship program.

Dubbed Young Gums, the program has been funded by Festivals Australia, will see 10 regional high school kids, aged between 14 and 18 get a rare insight into the inner workings of a festival at the upcoming Gum Ball.

Dashville main man Magpie Johnson told Newcastle Live the program was a great way for young people looking to break into the industry to find out just what makes an event like Gum Ball tick.

“The festival kicks off on the Friday but the kids will arrive on the Wednesday when we’ve got all of the stage and production setup happening and they’ll get up-close-and-personal experience in things like setting up lighting and sound checking.

“As the festival starts on the Friday, there will also be additional workshops and, over the course of the following days, they will interact with a lot of the artists that are performing at the festival and on the final day they will actually be part of a performance which is a really cool opportunity.”

Across the five night program, participants will experience a raft of one-on-one training, workshops and tutoring where they will also participate in daily rehearsals with a music director for the live performance on the last day of the festival.

Magpie said that he was chuffed to be able to deliver such a program, especially at a time when festivals are rare, to say the least, adding that he hoped it would become a regular fixture on the Gum Ball bill of fare.

“Now more than ever I think it’s really important to harness and cultivate the creativity and culture around events and something like Young Gums will do exactly that,” he said.

It’s something that we hope will become a regular part of the festival moving forward.”

Young Gums will run from Wednesday 14 to Sunday 18 April.

All you need to do you apply is submit a short video and story showcasing your musical ability and passion here. All applications require parental consent. If you have any questions about the program, email

Applications close on Sunday 26 February.