Tonight the inevitable has happened. In the Prime Ministers’ daily briefing he announced that all bars, restaurants, cafes, leisure centres, cinemas, etc will close tonight. This is essential to stop the spread of Covid – 19 but it’s come too late for a lot of small businesses. There have been a few places I go to regularly have closed and a friend’s business is currently being shut down. It is a tough time for so many people.
Through this nightmare, it’s been really heartwarming to see so many companies and individuals supporting the music community. Bandcamp today waived all fees meaning every penny taken in, went back to the artists. This is available until midnight tonight, so if you see this in time be sure to buy something. VanIves, Stanley Odd, Swim School and loads more have music on there and Echo Machine have just launched new T-Shirts.
Another cool thing that has been set up in the last couple of days is a campaign where you can buy a virtual pint. £3.50 for a virtual pint, which automatically enters you into a prize draw where you can win festival tickets, such as End of the Road, band merchandise, bar tabs (when they’re all back on their feet), recording time at The Libertines Albion Room studio, gig tickets, and more to come.
Not only that but 50% of proceeds will go to the Music Venue Trust, and the other 50% to help out some of the UK’s other favourite small and independent venues at this fragile time. The pubs and venues may be closed but we can still help them. Give what you can.
On a Friday I always update my New Scottish Releases playlist on Spotify with the best new music from up north. Today there is new music from ONR. Vistas, Fatherson, Black Tiles, Sunstinger, Cameo Habitat, The Riot Vans, Nieves, Check Masses, Withered Hand, Zac Scott & Elle Exxe. Have a listen and follow the playlist.
Another amazing response to all of this has been all the great musicians getting in touch to be on this blog. I will probably say this every night but I will try my very best to get through and feature them all at some point. Kerri Watt got in touch with her new video for ‘Kissing Fools’. Kerri is another local musician who has felt the effects of the coronavirus as she was scheduled to play the Country to Country Festival at the Hydro. I really enjoyed this video so give it a listen and check out what Kerri has coming up on her Facebook.
That’s all tonight folks. I am going to have a glass of wine and weep at old Glastonbury footage and try and make a plan of what I am going to do with myself for the foreseeable.
Support your local musicians, venues, pubs and businesses in any way you can right now. We need as many of them to survive this a possible so when we get out of the other side it’s kind of normal again.
Have a good Friday night.