New acts confirmed for London Youth Games Finals Festival
As we near our exciting culmination to the London Youth Games season, we’re excited to host our first multi-sport, multi-venue youth event at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, marking the conclusion of our Open Games season.
For the first time in the event’s history, there will be a Festival outside the Copper Box Arena at Eastcross Square, open to all and packed with free entertainment. We are thrilled to announce exciting new acts joining our ‘Festival Site’ outside the Copper Box Arena across Saturday 1st July and Sunday 2nd July 2023. The acts span across music, arts, culture and entertainment and include everything from beatboxers to DJs to live music performances. Across the weekend, you will get the fantastic opportunity to watch jaw-dropping performances, immerse yourself in arts, crafts, dance and entertainment, and watch and take part in the largest multi-sport, multi-venue youth event at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park since the London 2012 Games.
Andy Dalby-Welsh, London Youth Games CEO, said: “It is very exciting to have such fantastic artists secured to come and celebrate the end of our season. We look forward to welcoming those participating in the Games across the Park back to the Copper Box Arena to enjoy the activities. We welcome young people from across London to come and celebrate the achievements of those representing their borough, and to take part in activities themselves. Sport can really bring young people together. We look forward to providing this opportunity across this special weekend.”
Music and Dance:
A highlight of the weekend will be 2 of the UK’s top beatboxers, KimmyBeatbox and BeatFox, joining us for a memorable performance on stage. With over 25 years experience between them, they have performed all over the world, impressing audiences with their vocal skills, from performing on arena stages at 2016 Olympics in Brazil to the O2 Arena.
Music and dance will be a huge part of the Finals Festival. DJ Chrystilize will be on the decks on the Saturday to get those speakers going off. Then get ready to feel the rhythm with award-winning carnival arts organisation, Tropical Isles, with a display of colourful eye-catching costumes!
Joining the line up, Drum Works will be delivering an incredibly powerful drum performance which brings the energy to the Sunday! We’ll also be joined by Children’s Capital Choir, known for performing renditions of pop songs with over 10 million YouTube views. Adding a soundtrack to your weekend, we’ll also have live music performers from Kids on the Green keeping the crowd entertained.
If dance is more your style, then there’s workshops and performances from incredible talent. Rambert Grades will be delivering a workshop to remember, while Rambert School look to impress with a show-shopping performance. On Sunday, talented Nike trainer Joelle D’Fontaine and At Your Beat will take to the stage to get the crowds moving and having fun!
Prepare to be wowed too by an incredible Olympic Karate Inc performance taking place on stage on the Sunday.
Arts and Creativity:
Experience an explosion in creativity with workshops, glitter stations and more at the Finals Festival. Badu will be hosting workshops to get stuck into, helping young people express themselves creatively through music, writing and crafts.
Zoe and the Facemakers will be on site Saturday offering face and body painting, giving everyone a chance to show their pride for their borough – with a range of exciting LYG bespoke designs.
What’s more, there will be a wide range of activities and sports for young people and families to try, including futsal, NFL, squash, cricket and more. We’ll also have face painters, dance workshops, talks from Special Guests and lots of other entertainment to keep you busy throughout the day. Anyone is welcome to take part in the event with friends, family and other young people from across the city. Plus, there’s an orienteering course to help you discover the hidden sites of the iconic Park!
If you’re a sports fan, don’t miss the chance to watch young Londoner’s representing their boroughs with pride in their final events across the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. There’s everything from BMX and Cycling at the VeloPark, to impressive races at the Athletics Track and dunks galore at the Basketball in the Copper Box Arena. There’s also skillful swimmers at the Aquatics Centre, impressive skills at the Netball and Volleyball, speedy races at the Aquathlon and great skills to see at the Tennis and Hockey Centre.
Running alongside the on-field action on Saturday July 1 is LLDC’s The Great Get Together – a free, fun-filled community event at the Park. A huge array of live music, dance, and performances on the big stage as well as sports and activities are sure to delight the thousands of Londoners flocking to Stratford.
Keep your eyes peeled for more announcements over the coming days.
Get your free tickets at the link here. We can’t wait to see you there!