Youth band New Empire had the crowd yelling for more.
Youth band New Empire had the crowd yelling for more.

Youth Alive draws a huge crowd

NOISE, smoke and flashing lights filled the auditorium and grounds of the Hervey Bay Baptist Church on Saturday night and the hundreds of youths who partied the night away were pumped with enthusiasm.

Youth Alive aims to get teens excited about life and heading in the right direction.

The massive event held at the Nikenbah church had all the makings of a rock concert but none of the trouble usually associated with such events.

“We had just over 1000 people attend and about 80 per cent of those were teenagers,” event director Peter Ford said.

“But the crowd behaved themselves pretty well and everyone had a great night.”

Sydney-based band New Empire was the drawcard of the night.

The fun kicked off at 5pm with laser skirmish, Unchained BMX riders from Brisbane and Fraser Coast BMX riders plus a local Christian band.

“The Youth Alive tour runs from Cairns to Brisbane and a major tour is held every two years,” Mr Ford said.

“We had some great Christian bands – New Empire and the Youth Alive band were the major acts but we also had a local band called Rubies in the Dust, which is made of musicians from Maryborough and Hervey Bay.

“Our guest speaker was Reggie Dabbs, who has spoken with millions of youth worldwide.

“Youth Alive is all about giving positive messages and encouraging our young people to make good choices in life.”



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