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Concert kicks off Youth Week

Helaina Taylor enjoys a piece of watermelon at yesterday’s free healthy breakfast for National Youth Week.
Helaina Taylor enjoys a piece of watermelon at yesterday’s free healthy breakfast for National Youth Week. Renee Pilcher

NATIONAL Youth Week kicked off on Saturday evening with an all-ages concert on the Sound Shell at Nelson Reserve.

Yesterday, the Community Action - Youth Service held a free healthy breakfast at The Hub and organisers are gearing up for a Gympie Youth Week Fete, which will be held on the City Centre Stage on Thursday, 10am - 2pm.

Movies 'til Midnight is on again this Friday with three latest release movies on the big screen - Battleship, Mirror, Mirror and The Pirates: Band of Misfits.

The first session starts at 5.20pm and an interval will include a performance by local country rock outfit, Aiming High.

Tickets are $20 and are available to all age groups at Sovereign Cinema.

Grab your ticket early to avoid disappointment on the night.

Despite a poor turnout at the all-ages concert on Saturday, four original rock bands performed to a small enthusiastic audience who did their best to make up for the lack of numbers at the free youth event organised by Gympie Regional Council's Youth and Community Development Office.

Headlining bands My Little Eye and DrawCard played for a reduced fee while local support acts Willows and Kymira performed free.

While all musicians enjoyed rocking out on a big stage with a concert PA and a professional sound and lighting system, it was clearly disappointing for organisers and performers.

The crowd was obliged to cheer louder and clap harder in order to give the bands the respect they deserved and security appeared to outnumber the people dancing in the "mosh pit".

Organiser Matt Allard said he would have to reconsider the format for the next round of free concerts in the park to ensure future events are a success.

Four original rock bands performed to an enthusiastic audience who did their best to make up for the small crowd.

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