Ready for round 2?
Trex, Mistik and Arkaik are among the final names added to the Stay At Home Festival 2 line-up this weekend. They’ll be joining the likes of T>I & Upgrade, Annix, Kenny Ken, Amoss, Original Sin, Heist, Paul T & Edward Oberon, Sub Zero, Benny Page, Serial Killaz, Aphrodite, Aries, Mollie Collins, Kelvin 373 and many more from Thursday night onwards.
A bigger line-up, an extra night of music, but still the same mission: to bring the rave direct to the socially distancing D&B community and raise funds for important causes in the process.
Last month’s launch – which saw Upgrade & T>I host one of the funniest-yet-gulliest D&B mixes ever streamed and Amoss perform in full hazmat gear (pictured) – was a huge success as they encouraged the very best out of the drum & bass community who united to raise of £18,000 for the NHS. This time they’re raising money for another crucial cause: Age UK. It’s a matter extremely close to the event co-founder Chris Wickens’ heart as he sadly lost his own grandma to COVID-19 since the last event.
“This time we wanted to make people aware of a large demographic being some what neglected during these times, our beloved elderly,” he tells us. “After a tragic loss of my grandmother last week, the drive to support this initiative became something far more personal. We’ve enlisted some of the best in the scene for this one, we hope you enjoy this, donate to the cause and remember to Stay At Home.”
Save the nans and nandads: Age UK are an organisation committed to ensuring the best possible life for those over 70. With social distancing and shielding guidelines requesting many in this demographic fully isolate, the organisation is under more pressure than it has ever experienced before to provide assistance, food deliveries, advice and emotional support. They’re currently aiming to raise £10million during this crisis and every penny you donate during Stay At Home Festival 2 can help contribute to that.
The benchmark has been set high. But with a whole additional night added to the streaming festivities, there’s plenty more time to donate, share the stream and get your friends to join in.
Many of us may be concerned about elderly relatives feeling isolated, especially those that live alone. I hope the music that we are all sharing reaches some of them and puts a smile on their face and gets them moving. The dnb community is strong, so I hope it acts as inspiration. Furniss
Stay At Home Festival 2 kicks off 7pm UK time, Thursday May 7. All mixes will be streamed through the Goat Shed’s Facebook page and will roll daily throughout the weekend, which is a bank holiday weekend across Europe due to it being the anniversary of WW2’s VE Day.
75 years later, society finds itself in the midst of a completely different battle but the sense of social restriction and responsibility is unnervingly comparible. As we highlighted in a recent Anti Virus article, the pandemic is changing the face of dance music and highlighting just how much of a community we can actually be when we’re faced with adversity.
Seeing how the scene has come together in such a unique way in these times has been truly amazing. Full credit to the teams at Onyx and Goat Shed for all their hard work to make this all possible and full credit to them again for organising the partnership with such a brilliant organisation. I’m really chuffed that I’m able to play a role in helping to raise money for such a great cause! Crossy
Goat shed & Onyx have put something truly special together for Drum & Bass lovers around the world. Seeing all the labels/D&B blogs posting and sharing to help out the event is a true showing of our cooperative and caring culture and its amazing to see our community standing as one.The cause is monumentally important to our country right now and were truly humbled and blessed to be involved. Phibes
Get involved: the full line-up is revealed below and you can already donate ahead of the event.
Stay At Home Festival 2 kicks off 7pm UK time via Goat Shed. More event details can be found here.