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New survey reveals how music has helped the UK survive lockdown

According to a new survey published this week by UK Music and taken by pollsters Public First, music has played an integral role in reducing the stresses of the majority of UK citizens over lockdown.

It was the largest poll performed since the music industry’s initial closure back in March 2020, and was orchestrated to find out what role music played in the lives of the British public during the Covid-19 pandemic.

 The key findings of the wide-ranging poll revealed:

  • 57% of adults said music had helped them cope with lockdown
  • Around one million adults say they have taken up an instrument during lockdown
  • 71% think music makes them more productive at work/studying (From a personal perspective music & shows on BBC Sounds have kept me focussed at work & WFH. It helps my anxiety issues so much – in a good way!)

The Importance of Live Music & Venues To The Nation: 

  • Despite Covid-19, 43% of the public are interested in going to a live concert, gig or festival this year
  • Two-thirds (66%) said they planned to attend as many or even more gigs than before Covid-19 hit
  • Among 18-24 year-olds, 38% say going to a music festival or gig is one of the things they are most looking forward to
  • Almost half the public (45%) are worried about the financial viability of their local music venues due to the impact of Covid-19

The Taerks live session this Sunday 21 March at 9pm on Facebook & GRTR! Radio

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Are you ready for another GRTR! Sunday Sessions Live Stream Concert/Live Radio broadcast with Josh, Matt & Ryan Taerk

JOSH TAERK covers edition live this Sunday May 31 at 9pm BST

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For this live stream we’re doing ALL COVERS with a Taerk Twist! Make sure you send in your song requests in the discussion, and tune in on Sunday May 31st to see which covers we play!

Starts at 9pm BST over on Facebook and live on Get Ready To ROCK! Radio

Also tune it at 6pm BST (repeated Thursday 10pm BST) to GRTR! Radio for the Eclectic Mix which this week is chosen by Josh.

#SAVEOURVENUES CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED

We need to save our venues. And we need to do it now.

London, Monday 27th April – Music Venue Trust has announced #saveourvenues, a new national campaign to save hundreds of grassroots music venues at imminent risk of being closed down – permanently.

Without these independent venues the live music scene in the UK will die. These grassroots venues play a crucial role in the development of British music, nurturing local talent, providing a platform for artists to build their careers and develop their music and their performance skills. These venues also play a vital role in the cultural and economic vibrancy of any village, town or city.

Currently 556 venues are at risk including The Sugarmill in Stoke-on-Trent. “We’re extremely proud to be a grassroots music venue. These spaces are pipelines for talent and absolute lifelines for the communities they serve and the talents therein. We cannot allow them to be consigned to the past. UK music culture as we know it will simply not exist without these spaces, so it is vital to protect them” said Danni Brownsill, the venue’s chief booker and promoter.

Artists will be performing ‘at home’ gigs in support of their local venues, chosen from a list of venues currently in crisis which can be found at the campaign website  www.saveourvenues.co.uk. Each venue will have their own fundraising page with a clear target of the funds it needs to raise to stay afloat throughout this difficult period. Once a target is reached any excess revenue will go to the central #saveourvenues fund to help the wider grassroots music venue community.

How can music fans get involved? 

1.       Donate to a specific venue’s fundraising page by clicking this link www.saveourvenues.co.uk to see a list of local venues that urgently need help.

2.       Watch ‘at home’ shows by artists supporting the #saveourvenues campaign. Click here www.saveourvenues.co.uk to see a list of shows coming up.

3.       Donate to the national #saveourvenues fund via the website www.saveourvenues.co.uk

4.       Help spread the word on social media using the hashtag #saveourvenues and the campaign link www.saveourvenues.co.uk.

One of the main drivers of this initiative is the musician Frank Turner whose recent series of ‘Independent Venue Love’ shows for local venues Nambucca (London), The Joiners (Southampton) the Railway Inn (Winchester) and The Forum (Tunbridge Wells) raised thousands of pounds and provided a major inspiration for this campaign.

Frank Turner said, “The UK live music industry is staring into the abyss right now. I’m not able to save the whole thing on my own, but I decided to do a series of livestream shows to raise money for specific independent venues that I know and love, and that are in serious risk of disappearing right now. The success of these shows demonstrated the love that exists between music fans and their favourite grassroots music venues so the #saveourvenues campaign is a brilliant way of building on that and hopefully giving artists and music fans a chance to get involved and play a big part in helping them survive.”

One venue saved from closure by Frank’s fundraising gigs is Tunbridge Wells Forum.  Co-founder Jason Dormon said “Frank Turner has always championed the grassroots sector, having grown up and learnt his craft in these venues. His generosity and commitment is truly admirable, he inspires live music fans to come together and unite in raising awareness and funds for the UK’s grassroots music venues. We were totally overwhelmed and heartened by Frank’s help and the support and generosity of the local community.”

Music Venue Trust’s CEO Mark Davyd said, “Without the support of music fans and artists literally hundreds of the UK’s grassroots music venues could go out of business, never to return, in the coming months. Please help to save every single grassroots music venue in the UK so that it can reopen after this crisis and continue to be a home to our musicians and our communities.”

#saveourvenues

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JOSH TAERK streaming show tonight at 9pm BST

Josh Taerk and his brothers are performing a live streaming show this evening at 9pm BST. It will be hosted on the Get Ready To Rock Facebook page and you can listen in as well via Get Ready to Rock! Radio


Josh will be giving a shout out to the charities NHS Charities Together and Nordoff Robbins

BAD TOUCH shout out to Nordoff Robbins & NHS

Thanks to Bad Touch for the shout out to Nordoff Robbins and NHS Charities Together

Give it a watch & listen and support the band & charities if you can, even by a like and a follow.

Fifty Gigs In A Day in aid of Nordoff Robbins

NHS Charities Together

MILTON HIDE gig news & new video

Two dates for your diary:

Milton Hide – Sunday 19th April
Bluebell Roots – Sunday 26th April Exclusive Preview Watch the video on Sunday 19th April Despite being in lockdown, we have managed to get a lot of friends and family to take part in a new video for our latest Milton Hide single. The single, Kindness, and the video will be officially released next weekend but you can see a special Preview of it tomorrow, Sunday 19th April, during our live-stream broadcast.

Go to the Milton Hide Facebook Page at 7.30pm and look for the LIVE video. We’ll be performing a few songs, having a chat and showing (through the wonders of technology… fingers crossed) the video. It is GORGEOUS, a real feel good short film put together by the talented Alex Thomas, with lots of familiar faces.
Hope to see you (virtually) then. Bluebell Roots Tune in to the Bluebell Roots Facebook Page on 26th April at 7.30pm for an online version of our monthly event.

This time we are using a new service (StreamYard) which should make for a better experience for viewers than last month – you won’t have to keep refreshing the page and Neil can do his MC bit between acts. Please do tune in and support the musicians.

Musicians, if you’d like to take part, send Jim an email during the week on info@bluebellroots.co.uk and he’ll get you set up – it’s simpler than facebook live.
  Stay healthy, happy and well!
Regards,
Jim and Josie
Milton Hide We have a new NEWS page on the website on www.miltonhide.com/news

JOSH TAERK Facebook live gig Sunday 26 April 4pm (EST) 9pm (BST)

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I’m teaming up with GRTR! again and my brothers and I are taking over their Facebook page April 26th 4pm (EST), 9 pm (BST) for another Facebook Live Stream Concert!

If you missed the first one you can listen again on Mixcloud or watch on Facebook

THE DARKER MY HORIZON release new charity single for the NHS on April 24 & live show this Sat in aid of Nordoff Robbins

THE DARKER MY HORIZON release a new charity single ‘Carpe Diem’ for the NHS on April 24.

New video! If we are to #SeizeTheDay it’s always better with friends! All monies raised by the digital single (out 24th April) goes to #NHS charities. #TDmHfamily #HRHRadio

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Vocalist Paul Stead is doing an acoustic gig this Saturday April 18 between 7pm and 8.30pm, hosted by Rockers Through The Ages. You can find out more here

Dandelion Charm will be going live on FB at at 8pm today

Message from the band –

“We are soooo looking forward to connecting again this evening!! In celebration of togetherness we are dedicating this weeks gigette to the wonderful Nordoff Robbins music therapy charity in appreciation of their amazing work and the support they are offering at this difficult time. See you later with love from Clare and John xx”

You can watch the gig on their Facebook page

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