Bristol producer Woz and Lobster Boy label favourite is preparing himself for an epic 130 mile five-day walk from London to Bristol, kicking off with a warm up party in London, which will see Woz, Klose One and secret special guests taking over Hoxton’s The Lion and Lamb from 6pm-11pm this evening.
The early finish is no accident, as Woz sets off from Dalston early tomorrow morning on the first day of his trek, which will see him covering 26 miles a day, stopping off at Windsor, Aldermaston Wharf, Marlborough and Chippenham, before arriving back in Bristol on 15 May for a proper late-night knees up at The Love Inn with Woz and five secret headliners to be announced on the day.
arriving back in Bristol on 15 May for a proper late-night knees up at The Love Inn with Woz and five secret headliners to be announced on the day
The walk is in aid of two excellent causes and will see donations split 50/50 between The Mental Health Foundation and SWU.FM, who are in desperate need of funds to aid their relocation in time for their hopeful return to the airwaves this September.
As a major player in the Bristol music scene, as well as involvement with SWU.FM during its trial month last May, the idea began with Woz deciding he wanted to do something to help the radio station and evolved into the 130 mile walk with parties either side, and a £5000 fundraising target.
I’ve always wanted to do something for mental health, because it’s effected so many of my friends and family, as well as myself
‘I started of thinking about things I could do to help SWU.FM, because the station means so much to me. The month that they had the trial period was so great, and having an underground station here is so long overdue in my eyes.
‘The amount of a voice that London has compared to Bristol is crazy – how much we give and how little a voice we have in terms of a constant output through a radio station. So the idea is that I’m bringing some of that from London to Bristol.
‘And the reason I’m tying it in with The Mental Health Foundation is that I’ve always wanted to do something for mental health, because it’s effected so many of my friends and family, as well as myself. And with Mental Health Week coming up, it made sense to try and tie it all in together.
It’s all well and good always showing people who are DJs to be savage partiers, but it does take its toll. There’s nothing wrong with being healthy and having fun also
‘I’m an active person and always keep health in mind. I wanted to do something that was active because of how much exercise benefitted me with my mental health, and because I think it can benefit others a lot.
‘It’s all well and good always showing people who are DJs to be savage partiers, but it does take its toll. There’s nothing wrong with being healthy and having fun also.
‘Different people have different levels to what they can do – whether they party and overexert themselves, or even what they can take in normal day to day life. It’s about understanding that sometimes people need some time off and that’s okay.
‘This is definitely just the start of something – I want to carry on doing stuff for mental health awareness.’
Woz will be raising money for The Mental Health Foundation and SWU.FM by walking from London to Bristol and curating a party in each city. The 130 odd mile journey will see Woz stopping at 5 locations covering 26 miles a day.Donate via JustGiving: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/whereswozFacebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/216753328822996/Gig 1: London (The Lion & Lamb, Hoxton) *new venue*Gig 2: Bristol (The Love Inn, Stokes Croft)Tickets & Info: www.swu.fm
Posted by SWU FM on Sunday, 30 April 2017
The fundraising stunt couldn’t come at a better time, with Mental Health Awareness week currently underway, as well as a growing conversation in the media about mental health in the music industry, with the likes of Benga, Kid Cudi, Adele, Stormzy and dozens more opening up over the past two years about their personal struggles with mental health.
‘There’s a lot of artists who have gone public and even stopped touring because of their struggles with mental health. If there’s any way I can keep that conversation going and make mental health more normal to talk about, I’m going to carry on trying to make that happen.’
If there’s any way I can keep that conversation going and make mental health more normal to talk about, I’m going to carry on trying to make that happen
Woz won’t be strolling down the M4 over his five day hike, but taking a more scenic route along the Thames out of London and then following the Kennot and Avon Canal all the way back to Bristol.
He’s also bringing a mega battery pack so that people can follow his journey on social media, which he’ll be updating on the reg during his 7-9 hours walking per day.
‘Luckily two of the days fall on the weekend, so hopefully some friends are going to join me. Also, the last stop is Chippenham, which is a half hour train ride from Bristol, so hopefully some people can come and join me on the Monday if they’re not working.’
Those who won’t be joining Woz in person can show their goodwill instead by donating to his Just Giving page and also by turning up to his warm-down rave at The Love Inn on Monday.
The Bristol party will be a fun one – I’ve told quite a few people to book the day off on Tuesday!
Although the lineup won’t be released until the day, he’s given us a few hints on what and who to expect –
‘I think I’ve got all areas of the Bristol scene covered. There is going to be a wicked electro set before me, and then I’ve got two really well known big artists going back to back for a garage set to finish the night – we’re all fans of garage around here! And they’re doing something a little bit different to what they usually do as well, which is good.
‘The Bristol party will be a fun one – I’ve told quite a few people to book the day off on Tuesday!’