SALISBURY Arts Centre’s youth arts festival is set to be bigger and better than ever this year.

Beatbox artist Shlomo has been announced as the headliner for this summer’s Hijack All Dayer which takes place from midday on July 26.

Described by The Independent as “master of the fine art of beatboxing”, Shlomo is an internationally acclaimed beatboxer, Guinness World Record holder and World Loopstation Champion.

He has composed for the National Youth Choir and the musical score for Bristol Old Vic’s production of The Little Mermaid among other projects.

Young people can also enjoy live music, performance comedy from Mixtape and a variety of workshops as part of the ‘twisted fairytale’ themed festival.

It is aimed at anyone aged 13 to 21, and there will be opportunities for young people to create, exhibit and perform their own work, with the open mic trailer stage showcasing young musicians from the local area.

All activities, ranging from graffiti and DJing to parkour, are free, as is the evening barbecue.

Now in its seventh year, the Hijack All Dayer is the flagship event for UpstARTs, Salisbury Art Centre’s young creative panel.

The festival allows the group to take over the arts centre for a day and they are involved in every element of the programming process.

There are still opportunities for young people to get involved with the organisation of the festival and other Hijack events, from open mic nights to radio broadcasts.

For more information, contact Anna Harriott on or Simon Morris, engagement manager, on