Free festival for kids in New Mills

Blank Cheque, who will be performing at The Torrs Youth Festival in New Mills. Photo contributed.
Blank Cheque, who will be performing at The Torrs Youth Festival in New Mills. Photo contributed.

A new music festival for young people is being launched in New Mills on Saturday and will be powered by the Torrs Hydro.

The Torrs Youth Festival 2014, the first event of its kind to be run on the hydro electric scheme, starts at 2pm at Torrs Riverside Park.

The day, aimed at ten to 16-year-olds, is free to attend and features live music, DJs and activities such as a climbing wall, Chinese kick boxing and orienteering until 7pm.

Showcasing talent from across the High Peak, headliners include Blank Cheque, The E-Strings and Chapel-en-le-Frith band Nunchi.

Organiser Scott Buckler, of social enterprise 4 All of Us, said: “As a High Peak resident for over ten years, I have seen a range of activities, events and organisations aimed at families and couples. However, there is a lack of services for young people and school-leavers who are faced with huge social and career challenges in a tough economic society. I wanted to organise an event which shone a light on young people’s services as well as highlighting young talent in the form of musicians from across the area.”

Refreshments at the festival, which has also received backing from Derbyshire County Council and Visit New Mills, will be provided by Pulse Cafe and Carly’s Cupcakes.