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Youth to go Wet and Wild

Two days before the swimming season officially commences, hundreds of local youth will pour through the gates of West Wyalong’s Holland Park Pool on Thursday, October 3 for the Bland Shire’s rejuvenated youth festival – West Fest Goes Wet and Wild.

Headlining the festival is heavy rock-alternative country band Hoodlum Shots and melodic punk band Life & Limb on an action packed afternoon of free entertainment which also includes free temporary tattoos, slushies, soft serve ice creams, a sausage sizzle and more as well as lucrative competitions on the waterslide and inflatable.

The all ages youth event has been designed to cater for young people of all interests including those who love music, sport, relaxing with friends or simply lazing by the pool.

Dragonfly Decals will be on site throughout the festival providing free tattoos while a waterslide luge time trial and team dash knockout competition on the inflatable will provide plenty of fun for participants and spectators alike.

Teams of four will go head to head over the inflatable in a knockout format leading up to what promises to be an exciting grand final with lucrative prizes up for grabs. Meantime, teams of two will speed over the slide with the fastest times to be rewarded.

Anyone interested in participating in the inflatable team dash or waterslide luge competition is asked to be at the pool by no later than 1pm.

Meanwhile, patrons are encouraged to spread out on the spacious lawns with a free slushie, ice cream or sausage sandwich and enjoying powerful live performances from Hoodlum Shouts and Life & Limb.

With members in Melbourne and Canberra, Hoodlum Shouts evoke an Australian sense of space and time in their music, with songs about colonialism, growing up, Australian history, and rugby league. Their sound has been compared to Midnight Oil, The Drones, and Isis.

Life & Limb are a melodic punk band with members in Sydney, Canberra, and Ballarat. They play upbeat, abrasive songs about alienation, isolation, and celebration that will resonate with local audiences. Billed by Metal Obsession as “one of the more interesting bands making the rounds in the Canberra, and perhaps Australian music scene,” Life and Limb are an exciting young up-and-coming act. They draw influences from Australian punk bands like The Saints and Radio Birdman, as well as post-punk and post-hardcore bands like Devo and Fugazi.  Their shows are being funded under Arts NSW’s Regional Performing Arts Touring program.

West Fest is an initiative of Bland Shire Council made possible by funding support from Indent, Music NSW, Arts New South Wales and Angus Westaway and the L & R Group

The festival commences at 12 noon and concludes strictly at 5pm.  The pool will open for the swimming season on Saturday, October 5. More information about West Fest, including each of the bands, is available at Council’s website at