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And So I Watch You From Afar & Friends present.... OK? 

And So I Watch You From Afar & Friends present.... OK? 

Published on Monday, 09 March 2020

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A group of friends and colleagues across the local creative scene are holding a music and arts festival in support of mental health awareness and suicide prevention. To celebrate community and to encourage asking the question… Are you ok?

Raising money for Aware, PIPS, and Help Musicians.

Saturday 28th March 2020

6pm - late

The Telegraph Building

ON SALE NOW!

Tickets available at https://secure.shine.net/tickets/events_book.php?eventid=2472

LINE UP

  • And So I Watch You From Afar // Soak // General Fiasco
  • David Holmes // Phil Kieran // Joshua Burnside
  • New Pagans // Catalan! // Pillow Queens // Junk Drawer
  • Jordan Adetunji // Careerist // Cherym // Problem Patterns // Gnarkats

It will showcase some of Northern Ireland and Ireland’s most renowned and exciting artists, from globe trotting titans ASIWYFA (And So I Watch You From Afar) to Mercury Award nominated, Choice Music Prize winner SOAK, local heroes General Fiasco, New Pagans and Junk Drawer to the legendary David Holmes and Phil Kieran, from some of the most vital and incendiary new bands (Pillow Queens, Problem Patterns, Cherym, Catalan!, Gnarkats) to song writing that has spanned the world (Joshua Burnside, Jordan Adetunji), OK? aims to bring us all together in a show of community, love, support and awareness, to check in with one another and ask are we OK?

After suffering a devastating loss at Christmas ASIWYFA and friends partnered with charities Aware, PIPS and Help Musicians to raise money for mental health awareness and suicide prevention charities. Organizer Rory Friers says – “At times in my life I’ve really struggled with my mental health, the community of music and the celebration of friends has always helped me find my way back. I have my reasons for why I need something like OK? right now, other people will have theirs, so whether you’re coming to this show to support the cause, support the music or to find some support yourself, lets make the the loudest most positive noise we can and remind ourselves that we’re surrounded by people who care”.

Organizer Helen Sloan says - “This event is a necessary coming together, through one of art’s great unifiers – music, to reinforce a sense of community and let everyone know there are available support networks for those in need.

Lesley Wright, Community Fundraiser in AWARE says “AWARE is delighted to be involved in OK?. We are so pleased to see the musical community coming together in support of mental health in Northern Ireland. We would like to thank all involved in organising the event for choosing to support AWARE. Any funds raised will help us to continue to support people living with depression in Northern Ireland.”

 

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