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The third (and final) 50 Gigs In A Day is this weekend with the aim being to raise awareness of the work done in music therapy by the Nordoff Robbins charity.

A BIG thank you to all the bands and artists taking part this year and if you can get along to support them at one of the shows.


  • Nordoff Robbins is the largest independent music therapy charity in the UK, dedicated to changing the lives of vulnerable and isolated people. We support thousands of people in our own centres and by working in partnership with a wide range of organisations including care homes, schools and hospitals. When delivered by a trained practitioner, music therapy can be used to support people living with a wide range of needs. It can help a child with autism to communicate, reduce anxiety for those living with dementia or provide comfort and celebrate the life of someone facing terminal illness. Music therapy can be life-changing for so many people.
  • Nordoff Robbins Registered Charity Number: 280960
  • What Donations Can Fund:
    £3-£10 could pay for a music instrument, giving a client with autism a way to express themselves beyond words
    £20 could pay for a vulnerable child to attend a group music therapy session
    £35 could pay for a one-to-one session of life transforming music therapy for someone with dementia
    £50 could help us bring comfort and joy to a child suffering from a brain injury during a one-to-one music therapy session
    £100 could pay for a music therapy group session at one of our dedicated centres
    £150 could pay for half a day of music therapy at a Children’s Centre
    £200 could pay for an entire month of one to one music therapy sessions at one of our centres
    £300 could pay for a full day of music therapy in a local school for pupils with special educational needs, or in a care home helping older people with dementia unlock memories and communicate with loved ones
    £500 could help subsidise 5 children whose families cannot afford to pay full fees to have a term of music therapy through their school

(All on February 8th unless stated)

BEANS ON TOAST appears at the Castle & Falcon in Birmingham

BISCUITHEAD & THE BISCUIT BADGERS appear at the Whitby Steampunk weekend

THE BLUES BAND play the Hartington, Fleet

ED BYRNE appears at the Anvil, Basingstoke

PAUL CARRACK will be playing at the Eastbourne Congress Theatre

DANDELION CHARM will be supporting The Emerald Dawn at The Green Door Store, Brighton on Monday March 23

THE DARKER MY HORIZON will be streaming a Facebook gig on the day

FAIRPORT CONVENTION appear at the Leeds City Varieties

JIMEOIN is appearing at the Cambridge Corn Exchange

RON KEEL sets sail on the Monsters of Rock Cruise

THE KING’S SINGERS perform at Musikhuset Aarhus, Denmark

LETZ ZEP play Rem, Mercia in Spain

BILLY LOCKETT plays at the Arts Club, Liverpool

MILTON HIDE  play on 16 February

THE MONOCHROME SET play Waterfront Studio, Norwich

NEVER THE BRIDE play the Green Note, London

NINEBARROW play the Holy Trinity Church, Sutton Coldfield

TERRORVISION play a sold out gig at The Warehouse, Leeds

Just Giving page is here if you’d kindly like to donate and support the work of Nordoff Robbins

You can see previous year’s tweets and Facebook posts here –


JustGiving page

Thanks to the Billy Lockett signed CD & photo another £12.80 has been raised, giving a revised total of £62.80 raised for the Nordoff Robbins charity.

  • JAN 30 Thu 19:30 Southampton Joiners – Southampton
  • JAN 31 Fri 19:30 Roadmender – Northampton
  • FEB 02 Sun 19:00 O2 Academy2 Oxford
  • FEB 07 Fri 19:00 The Cluny – Newcastle Upon Tyne
  • FEB 08 Sat 19:00 Arts Club – Liverpool
  • FEB 09 Sun 20:00 King Tuts Wah Wah Hut – Glasgow
  • FEB 11 Tue 19:30 Nottingham Glee Club
  • FEB 13 Thu 19:30 Hoxton Hall – London
  • FEB 14 Fri 19:30 Hoxton Hall – London
  • Get tickets here


Manchester Big Quiz brings the Manchester music scene together in support of Nordoff Robbins

Nordoff Robbins to offer two fully-funded places for BME applicants on our London-based MMT programme

Please help us to support more families like Cis and Joan to find joy and connection again through music

Dear Jason With Christmas fast approaching, the festive season is a time of joy and the chance to connect with family and friends.  However, joy and human connection are the two things that can be lost if your loved one develops dementia.   Right now, there are 1 million people living with dementia in the UK. At Nordoff Robbins we want to use the power of music to help more families affected by this disease, so please consider making a donation this Christmas, and helping us to support more families like Cis and Joan to find joy & connection again through music.
Joan’s mum, Cis, was diagnosed with dementia in 2016. She explains: “It really is so hard to see someone you love’s abilities and memory, their personality, fading in front of you. But then music therapy came into our lives… The singing started – at first mum didn’t join in, but she looked like she was enjoying herself. Then John, the therapist, played the opening chords to ‘Over The Rainbow’ and just like that, mum burst into song…  
Read Cis and Joan’s Story here
Music therapy and dementia
In the hands of an expert therapist, music can help ease anxiety and disorientation, and unlock memories. Music becomes a way to still engage meaningfully with someone even when they’ve lost language, and this is key in breaking down the social isolation that is too often considered inevitable with dementia. 
So this Christmas why not give the Gift of Music and help us help more families affected by dementia find joy and connection again. Making a donation is simple, just visit our website to donate directly to our Christmas Appeal.  We’re the largest music therapy charity in the UK, but we don’t receive direct government funding and rely on generous supporters like you to continue our work.

50 gIGS iN a dAY – billy lockett & the blues band

The Blues Band play the Hartington, Fleet on February 8 and Billy Lockett plays at the Arts Club, Liverpool on the same day.

News – The KIng’s Singers added to Fifty Gigs In A Day 2020

Delighted to have the King’s Singers involved again next year and they are kindly going to video a ‘shout out’ on the day. You can catch them on tour – more info can be found here.

THE KING’S SINGERS perform at Musikhuset Aarhus, Denmark on February 8th

Get Loud 2019 – tell us your favourite lyrics to win free tickets to the Get Loud gig of your choice

Every week during Get Loud we are asking you to share your life-changing music by telling us the songs that mean the most to you. 
This week we’re asking you to share the song that has your favourite lyrics in it.

Tell us on Twitter, or Instagram (by 12 noon on Thursday 5 September) and we’ll add the best ones to our weekly Spotify Playlist – and you could be in with a chance of winning tickets to your choice of one of these incredible Get Loud Gigs:
Charlotte’s Song – the difference music makes
Charlotte has been in hospital since December last year, recovering from meningitis encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain. Initially the condition affected the use of both of her arms and legs, her head control and her speech. Yet, when music was re-introduced to Charlotte’s life she found herself able to sing more fluidly than she could speak – helping her to see light at the end of the darkness!

Together Charlotte and music therapist, Alan wrote this song: 

Music News – Get Loud 2019 line-up includes Nazareth, Frank Turner, 10CC & more

Our Get Loud lineup for this year is immense – with headliners from the worlds of metal, pop, rock, reggae, dance and folk – celebrating the incredible diversity of our charity, as we reach out to anyone and everyone who can be helped by music therapy.

For one night only and for just £10, on Wednesday 25 September, you can see these incredible artists in a series of exclusive and intimate gigs in local towns and communities to raise awareness for Nordoff Robbins music therapy charity.

Full details can be found here

Get Loud is music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins’ national awareness day, when we shout loudly and proudly about the incredible work our music therapists do every day to help change lives. 

News – Letz Zep, Dandelion Charm, Paul Carrack & the Darker My Horizon all supporting Fifty Gigs In A Day 2020

Delighted to have Letz Zep, Dandelion Charm, Paul Carrack and the Darker My Horizon all supporting next year’s Fifty Gigs In A Day, which aims to spread the word of the work of the Nordoff Robbins charity.

If any band or artist would like to join in please contact me via this website.

Please support them if you are able, either by attending one of their shows or spreading the word.

(All on February 8th unless stated)

ED BYRNE appears at the Anvil, Basingstoke

PAUL CARRACK will be playing at the Eastbourne Congress Theatre

DANDELION CHARM are planning something special in support of Nordoff Robbins (this year their gig raised over £170!)

THE DARKER MY HORIZON will be streaming a Facebook gig on the day

JIMEOIN is appearing at the Cambridge Corn Exchange

LETZ ZEP play Rem, Mercia in Spain

Just Giving page is here if you’d kindly like to donate and support the work of Nordoff Robbins