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Sametime’s Tim and Sam Aitken

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Finally time to party

The brainchild of Coast musicians and Youturn Youth Support ambassadors Sam and Tim Aitken, the Youturn It Up Festival is finally going ahead next month.

It is a festival inspired by the need to raise awareness for youth mental health, all while having a great time to an amazing line-up of music.

Youturn It Up Festival is the brainchild of Sunshine Coast musical brothers and Youturn Youth Support ambassadors Sam and Tim Aitken, who form the band Sametime.

Teaming up with Youturn in 2021, the Pelican Waters brothers came up with the concert as a way to raise money for Youturn’s mental health programs.

Originally due to take place in April 2021, the festival has been cancelled twice and is finally going ahead at NightQuarter on April 9.

The boys see how homelessness is affecting youth in the community, especially after the financial and emotional strains of the past two years.

“Youturn do incredible work here on the Coast for local youth experiencing issues such as homelessness and mental health concerns,” Sam says. “It just blows our mind to see how many young people need the services that Youturn provides.

“We are thrilled to be able to use our music to raise funds and awareness for such a worthy organisation.

“So, come and party with us and have a great time but know that every single penny of profit from this night will go towards helping other young people here on the Sunny Coast doing it tough.”

The brothers have re-imagined the original festival concept and have put together an amazing line-up of acts to present in a nonstop five hours of high-energy music that includes three bands and three DJs.

“We both like to party so we have made sure we have put together a line-up and a show that will keep us all partying from start to finish,” Sam says.

“First and foremost, it’s about having an unbelievably awesome night with crazy good music, but underlying this is our commitment to raising awareness and much-needed funds for the charity we are ambassadors for,” Tim says.

Youturn began 30 years ago in Noosa, and now provides child safety, homelessness and mental health support to people aged up to 25 across the Sunshine Coast and southern Queensland.

In 2021 the charity supported more than 5400 young people and provided almost 21,000 appointments.

Youturn CEO Tanya Bell says the concert will fundraise for additional tools and innovative solutions to complement mental health programs that support young people while they wait for, or in between, their appointments.

“We are noticing a marked rise in anxiety and school disengagement with young people reporting feeling anxious, unsupported or disconnected with feelings of isolation, resulting in low moods and motivation, unemployment and further mental health challenges,” Ms Bell says.

“The rental crisis on the Sunshine Coast is another major impact on the mental health of young people, who report heightened anxiety about living arrangements, lockdowns forcing loss of work/shifts and the uncertainty around travel and seeing family.”

Headlining the festival will be ARIA-nominated Bombs Away and DJ/producer Brooke Evers. Other artists include local electro pop punk duo Sailing in Space, Brisbane DJ MOXYB, EDM alt pop outfit Acer Spade and the host band and organisers of the festival, Sametime.

Youturn It Up Festival is a 16-plus event. Visit nightquarter.com.au

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