Badly Drawn Boy, Katie Melua and Mark King (Level 42) and Marlee announced to headline The Takeover, a new online festival curated by indie blog Right Chord Music Blog and presented by Bose in support of music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins.
The Coronavirus pandemic has forced the cancelation of every gig, tour and festival. However, Right Chord Music Blog founder Mark Knight, couldn’t imagine a summer without live music, so he decided to cre-ate an alternative stage to showcase incredible independent artists affected by Corvid19.
On May 8th, 9th and 10th over 40 artists from 12 different countries including: Officer, The Daydream Club and Katey Brooks will take over the Right Chord Music Facebook Wall to play live to fans watching from homes around the world. Thanks to the support of Bose, The Takeover Festival is able to guarantee a minimum of 1,000 views for each independent artist. At a physical gig, these artists are lucky to attract an audience of 50 people, so harnessing the power of the Internet is a real game changer.
“At a time when the world is in lockdown, The Takeover Festival is our antidote to isolation”, explains Mark. “We believe in the power of music to connect people, which is why we’ve partnered with Nordoff Robbins.” With the support of Bose we are excited to drive donations to help their life changing work.
As the UK’s largest independent music therapy charity, Nordoff Robbins use music to enrich the lives of people with life-limiting illnesses, disabilities and feelings of isolation.
Hannah Sheedy, Director of Fundraising at Nordoff Robbins says: “We are so excited to be supported by The Takeover. At times like this, the connectivity that music brings is more important than ever, and festivals like this which develop innovative ways to reach people though music are vital in bringing people together. This innovation is certainly something we are having to look at as charity in these unprecedented times. Over the weeks ahead, in as many different ways as possible, we’ll champion music as a way to help the wider community, and this festival will be helping us do just that”
Ian McGibbon, Partnerships Manager at Bose, says “Bose is proud to provide ongoing support to Nordoff Robbins through this amazing online event and other projects. Thousands of our employees and millions of our customers have music close to their hearts, so we feel a strong connection to this initiative.”
The Takeover Festival will be free to watch but viewers will be actively encouraged to make a donation to Nordoff Robbins to support their life changing work. Donations can be made directly to Nordoff Robbins, via the Festival website or via the Right Chord Music Facebook page. A limited edition festival t-shirt by 5th Columns T-Shirts is now available to purchase from the festival website, with all proceeds going to Nordoff Robbins.
How to watch
You can watch The Takeover live on Facebook on May 8th, 9th & 10th. By accepting this invitation to the event page you will be notified when musicians take to our virtual stage.
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