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Headstock Weekender for World Mental Health Day

Headstock is proud to announce the Headstock Weekender taking place via the United We Stream platform in aid of charity partners Help Musicians and Manchester Mind.

On the 10 and 11 October 2020, Headstock will again be taking over the United We Stream GM platform to host a virtual music & mental wellbeing weekender to mark World Mental Health Day (Saturday 10 October). The online event will feature two days of live music, exclusive talks, and immersive wellbeing experiences.  Anyone can access the event for free, with donations encouraged to raise much needed funds for Headstock’s charity partners Help Musicians and Manchester Mind, as well as raising awareness for text support service Shout 85258.

The weekender festival will feature exclusive performances from the likes of UK chart-topping rock band Nothing But Thieves and acclaimed Irish rock band Kodaline, along-side some of Greater Manchester’s most exciting bands including Larkins, The Slow Readers Club, The Lottery Winners and Lucy Deakin.

Across the weekend viewers will be treated to a whole host of content including an evening of comedy curated by Nodding Dog Comedy, filmed in Escape to Freight Island, Manchester’s brand-new Covid safe outdoor entertainment space.  Headstock has also teamed up with the UK’s notorious sober rave Morning Gloryville, inviting viewers to rise and shine with Liam Browne’s Yoga Rave before the legendary DJ Paulette takes over with an exclusive 2hr set. There will also be wellbeing sessions across the weekend including Yoga Nidra with DJ and Bestival co-founder Rob Da Bank, a Sound Bath with Morning Gloryville, and Energising Morning Flow and Sound Healing workshops delivered by boutique gym BLOK.

Closing the weekend is seminal night club series The Warehouse Project.  Known for hosting legendary nights in Manchester since the mid noughties, they will showcase a four-hour party, followed by an exclusive performance from House Gospel Choir, and back-to-back headline sets from Liverpool DJ & producer Yousef and Leeds electronic duo Prospa. All of this will lead into Art Battle Manchester’s epic event conclusion, which will see eight artists going head-to-head to create a masterpiece in just 30 minutes. The artwork will then be auctioned off and proceeds split between the artists and Headstock’s charity partners.

Additional announcement – Sister Bliss from Faithless will be closing the show on Saturday 11 October.

Headstock Weekender will also feature exclusive talks and interviews with the likes of former World Champion boxer Ricky Hatton MBE, who has spoken openly about his mental health, DJ and founder of Happy Days for Everyone Brandon Block, BBC Radio 1’s Dr Radha along with wellbeing sessions from the likes of epidemiologist and author Professor Tim Spector and life coach Josh Connolly.

Viewers can tune in to the event for free on United We Stream HERE.  

‘Festivalgoers’ are encouraged to buy a virtual ticket for the event or donate an amount they can afford HERE.  Alternatively viewers can donate £5 by texting HEADSTOCKLIVE to 70085. All proceeds from the event will go to Headstock’s charity partners Help Musicians and Manchester Mind.

Donations will help support vital emotional and practical services for young people and musicians.

Elizabeth Simpson, CEO, Manchester Mind says:

“We are proud to partner with Headstock for World Mental Health Day 2020. The coronavirus has brought with it a global mental health pandemic, which has especially affected young people. Here at Manchester Mind we focus on early intervention, as getting the right help at the right time is vital. We support 15-25 year olds through a range of emotional and practical services, which continue to evolve to meet current needs. Donations raised through Headstock will help fund our services for young people, and we are truly grateful for the lasting difference this will make.”


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