The Northern Rivers band will perform at Crankfest Xtreme this weekend.
The Northern Rivers band will perform at Crankfest Xtreme this weekend.

Crankfest goes to the Xtreme

HUNDREDS of young people are expected to head to Riverside Park, Evans Head, on Saturday for the Crankfest Xtreme festival.

Described as a regional celebration of youth culture, Crankfest Xtreme brings young people with a range of interests together from across the Northern Rivers.

From hip-hop to hardcore, circus to skateboarding, arts to action you can get a taste of it all at Crankfest Xtreme.

Three stages and eight performance/workshop areas will be positioned around the venue for young people to take part in free workshops and performances.

The Creative Peoples Collective will run the hip-hop stage with performances and free dance workshops from special guests.

They will also open the floor up to young people who want to showcase their talents.

“Freestyle jams and battles throughout the day will ensure that there is something for everyone to do and lots of prizes to be won,” festival co-ordinator Tarryn Cole said.

There will also be a skate/BMX competition and a line-up of five live bands including the winners of the Ballina Battle of the Bands and Casino’s own Reality on Hold who took out first place at the Casino Show Battle of the Bands in 2009.

A new element in the festival program is the Doof Tent where the DJs will be pumping out dance tunes all day.

For those not wanting to compete there is a full program of free workshops including; aerial circus (trapeze etc), African drumming, fire twirling, belly dancing, hip-hop dance, sand-sculpture, and henna tattoos.

There will also be market stalls, a range of food stalls, and kids’ activities such as a free jumping castle, face-painting, and pony rides.

The festival kicks off at 10am and runs until 5pm.

Buses will run from Bonalbo, Tabulam, Casino, Lismore, Nimbin, Ballina, Mullumbimby, Ocean Shores and Lennox Head. Buses are free, though a gold coin donation would be appreciated. All buses leave Evans Head at 5pm.

For more information call 6662 3566 or check out www.myspace.com/crankfest.



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