Indie Lockdown Festival To Go Ahead To Raise Funds For The NHS

Glastonbury may be postponed but don’t be too disappointed, it’s time to grab your bucket hat and rave in your front room.

Local events promoters, Our Little Indie Night, are streaming an all-virtual music festival to keep people’s spirits up during lockdown, on Saturday May 2 from midday until 11pm.

A group of North Shields DJs are helping to keep the community entertained with a music festival that can be enjoyed from the comfort of your own sofa with all funds for going to the NHS.

Our Little Indie Night (or OLIN for short) took to streaming their sets following the lockdown, which caused a major event of theirs to be cancelled.

With over £1800 raised, so far, for the NHS and the stream growing in popularity , the team have now set their sights on a music festival collaborating with other local DJS.

The lineup of some of the North East’s finest indie DJs includes coastal powerhouse Britpop Special, legendary Newcastle club night Revenge, 90s indie pioneers The National Anthems and a special guest set from Whitehaven’s very own David Blacklock.

OLIN’s first stream took place on March 25, just two days after Boris Johnson enforced lockdown restrictions on the country.

The streams have grown in popularity, with DJ John Peacock pumping out the indie anthems, alongside his fellow DJs and OLIN co-founders, Richie Harrison and Neil McBride, who appear on screen, all in the name of social distancing.

Lockdown is proving to be a difficult time for most people, but that’s not stopping these indie DJs from reaching out and keeping people’s spirits up.

John (also known as Peas) said: “We know that the lockdown is the best thing for the country right now. People need to stay home and save lives. We have to adapt to a new way of interacting with the community and we feel we have achieved that with our live streams.”

While the country may be on lockdown, the stream is making its way around the globe with viewers from as far as Germany and Italy, as well as making its way across the pond to America.
With the growing demand for the event, the OLIN lads have also been joined on screen by This Is England actor Thomas Turgoose who made a special appearance, dancing along and choosing tunes.

Neil (also known as Fish) said: “The music scene in and around Newcastle is a massive community. We just want to provide a bit of escapism in these difficult times. Our online viewers are  interacting with us, requesting songs and becoming a like-minded family that is continually growing.”

Keeping things fresh for their now weekly event, OLIN continue to add new elements to the stream, including a Stone Roses night and Oasis vs Blur ultimate showdown to finally settle the biggest rivalry in British music history.

Our Little Indie Night was born from the lack of indie music nights around their home town. Lifelong friends, John, Neil and Richie, joined forces to create OLIN in 2015.

Over the last 5 years the local lads have hosted sellout gigs, toured the country and attracted big names like Tim Burgess (Charlatans), Bez (Happy Mondays) and Rick Witter (Shed Seven). 

Following the success of their live performances, SSD Concerts have now included OLIN in their This Is Tomorrow festival lineup, held at 20,000 capacity Exhibition Park.

The DJs have also accepted a gig as part of YANA Fest, a Manchester based festival raising funds for the MIND charity.

OLIN co-founder, Richie said: “It has blown my mind how big this has got. We initially wanted to help raise money for the NHS as they are doing so much for the country. Now we can see that it’s not just the NHS we are helping. We’ve had messages from viewers letting us know how this has brightened their day, brought back some normality and helped with the loneliness. It’s an amazing thing to be a part of.”

The festival will take place on Saturday May 2, running from midday right through to 11pm.

So grab your bucket hat, get the tinnies in the fridge and get on your dancing shoes for an all day session of festival vibes.

To join the party, you can view the festival on OLIN’s Facebook page where you can also donate directly to the NHS.

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