The organisers of HOME festival along with Banjax, Funkagenda, WERK and BCFM are throwing a 24-hour rave this January in the name of mental health charity Mind, who offer support to anyone experiencing a mental health problem, as well as campaigning to improve services, and raise awareness and understanding.
Alongside a 24-hour itinerary including a sober breakfast rave, kids’ rave and more, Taboo nightclub on Clifton triangle will host a 24-hour DJ set from Banjax resident Craig Brown, with dance floor support for its entirety from South West icon and full-time beat-bopper Bradley Gunn Raver – Mixmag’s Raver of the Year 2017.
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The media conversation regarding mental health in the music industry continues to grow, as more and more artists open up about their own struggles with mental illness. Artists leading the conversations include Benga, who opened up about his schizophrenia and bipolar disorder after retiring from the music industry in 2014, Kid Cudi who took to social media in 2016 to announce that he had checked himself into rehab for depression and suicidal thoughts, plus dozens more including Stormzy, Paramore’s Hayley Williams, Ben Pearce, Scuba and Bristol’s own Woz, who recently walked 130 miles from London to Bristol in honour of The Mental Health Foundation and SWU.FM.
Through allowing mental health issues to be an open and ongoing conversation, the creative community are taking steps towards its normalisation, whilst battling the negative stigma and shame surrounding it. In what seems like a good leap forward, Help Musicians UK have opened a free 24/7 helpline for people working in the music industry, artist or otherwise, as part of their Music Minds Matter campaign, launched after the tragic death of Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington.
Through allowing mental health issues to be an open and ongoing conversation, the creative community are taking steps towards its normalisation
Kicking off at 4.30am on Saturday 13 January with a live stream, the event will be blasting house music from well before sunrise. You can buy individual tickets for whatever tickles your fancy, whether that’s the sober breakfast rave from 8am –10am, an exercise class from 10.30 – 12.30, the kids’ rave from 1pm – 3pm. Or you can see through the final 10 hours at the open rave from 6pm through to the 4.30am grand finale.
100 percent of ticket sales proceeds will go to Mind charity, with ticket platform Skiddle kindly offering a drastically reduced booking fee. Though with limited availability, we recommended you get your skates on.
100 percent of ticket sales proceeds will go to Mind charity
If you are unable to attend the event, you can also make a donation of any size online. Donations over a tenner will automatically be entered into a draw for prizes donated by some big names in the music industry and beyond, such as Love Saves, Doorly and Toolroom Records.
Words by Georgie Partington
Photo by Monica Martini