Today multi-platinum singer/songwriter James announces his ‘Safe Inside’ campaign in support of mental health charity SANE and NHS Charities Together COVID-19 Urgent Appeal.
To encourage people to stay home and stay safe during this global health crisis, on Monday 18th May James will launch a campaign that includes specially recorded music, new videos and newly created ‘Safe Inside’ merchandise, with all profits from James Arthur and his record label from this merchandise and new music being donated directly to the NHS Charities Together and SANE. Monday is also the launch of Mental Health Awareness Week.
James says: “I felt the best way I could help is the only way I know how, and that’s through music. It just so happens I wrote a song a few years ago that lyrically felt very apt. So, I’m encouraging my fans to stay ‘Safe Inside’ and help save lives. With all profits going towards helping frontline workers and the mental health charity SANE.”
The campaign is focused around a newly recorded acoustic version of his 2016 single ’Safe Inside’, from his No.1 album ‘Back From the Edge.’ This acoustic version was recorded and produced by James in his at home studio during the quarantine and will be available for streaming and download on Monday. There will also be a beautifully designed lyric video launching on his YouTube channel.
Pre-save/ pre-add here: https://forms.sonymusicfans.com/campaign/ja_safeinside/ Listen here (Link active on release): https://JArthur.lnk.to/SafeInside
In addition, to help raise funds, James has created a special ‘Safe Inside’ hoodie that will be available for purchase on launch of the campaign.
Later in the week there will be additional content released including the launch of a ‘At Home Acoustic’ YouTube series, as well as a ‘Safe Inside’ themed phone video game.
For the latest updates on the campaign you can visit the new ‘Safe Inside’ landing page with information on both charities, new videos, links to buy clothing and more which will launch on Monday. Head to https://www.jamesarthurofficial.com/safeinside for full details.
All profits of James Arthur and his record label from the ‘Safe Inside’ merchandise or made through streaming of the ‘Safe Inside’ acoustic audio or video, as well as downloads, will be donated directly to NHS Charities Together and SANE.
Today, Adwoa Aboah’s mental health organization Gurls Talk releases a new episode of the second season of The Gurls Talk Podcast. The latest episode sees Adwoa in conversation with one of the defining young women of 2020, Dua Lipa.
On the heels of her number one album, Future Nostalgia, Dua Lipa joins host and founder of Gurls Talk Adwoa to talk about a variety of topics including how she is coping with lockdown, her need to take a break from social media, the pressure of staying productive, and being a young woman in the music industry. In this episode, Adwoa and Dua reflect together on how vital creativity is in helping to process emotions and the importance of staying connected to one another at such an isolating time.
“I think collectively we’re going through quite a traumatic period. Just staying inside and doing your part is enough and I think more people need to hear that” – Dua Lipa
The Gurls Talk Podcast engages experts, activists, thought-leaders, and those with lived experience to create a new approach to mental health that’s inclusive and progressive. Season Two will see host and Founder of Gurls Talk Adwoa in conversation with the likes of Dua Lipa, Clara Amfo, Lucy Sheridan, Megan Barton-Hanson and Gurls Talk’s Chief Clinical Advisor, Dr. Ciara Dockery, amongst others.
Speaking on the launch of the new season, Adwoa explains:
“We are launching our new season of the Gurls Talk Podcast during an uncertain and scary time. Now, more than ever, it is important to create safe spaces that encourage open and honest conversations about mental health with no judgment or shame. I hope this season provides a good mix of resources, support, and entertainment to all those out there navigating their mental health journeys and helps listeners feel less alone.”
The Gurls Talk podcast is presented by NIKE. Episode 4 of Season 2 with Dua Lipa, out now. Listen here.
Four episodes of The Gurls Talk Podcast will be released each month.
Gurls Talk always wants to hear from the community and encourages submissions including photography, poetry, essays, paintings, illustrations and much more. Community submissions are featured on @GurlsTalk as well as on every podcast during our #GurlsShare segment.
Gurls Talk is a community-led organization dedicated to promoting the mental health and wellbeing of adolescent gxrls and young womxn. For more information visit www.gurlstalk.com . Follow Gurls Talk here.
Responding to the worldwide Covid-19 emergency, ‘Songs For The National Health Service’ is a one-off compilation album of exclusive, unreleased tracks by some of the biggest names in indie, with all proceeds funding specialist PPE for hospitals and NHS key workers.
Foals, Wolf Alice, Baxter Dury, The Vaccines, The Big Moon, The Wombats, Sports Team, The Magic Gang, Spector, Swim Deep, The Orielles, Nilüfer Yanya, Alfie Templeman, Oscar Lang, Pixx and Jessica Winter have all come together exclusively for the album, with a mix of special covers, remixes, live tracks and demos not available anywhere else, the majority being made available for the very first time.
Songs For The National Health Service is working in partnership with Dr. Natalie Watson at University Hospital Lewisham, as she launches the Hoods for Heroes campaign. Our initial target of £30,000 will provide enough ‘PAPR’ (powered air purifying respirators) to help fully stock Lewisham Greenwich NHS Trust (site of the UK’s first confirmed Covid-19 patient), Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust and University Hospital Crosshouse, Scotland. All money raised beyond that will provide equipment for further hospitals and regions based on need, not only helping safely treat victims of Covid-19, but enabling NHS teams to restart time-critical head and neck cancer surgery.
The artists hope this album will not only raise funds, but also serve as a keepsake of our indebtedness to the NHS and its staff working tirelessly and courageously through this difficult time. In the future we must do much more to ensure they are funded and paid properly, and forever treated with the respect they deserve.
The record, featuring artwork donated by Tony Beard and taken at the birth of his son, is available to pre-order now.
With thanks to all featured artists, managers, record labels, the Blood Records platform, NHS staff and health care professionals everywhere.
Foals – White Onions (Live from Alexandra Palace)
The Vaccines – Internet Disco (Feat. Agent Emotion)
The Big Moon – Big (Demo)
Wolf Alice – Another Girl, Another Planet
Baxter Dury – So Much (Demo)
Swim Deep – Lexington Slowdown
Nilüfer Yanya – Baby Blu (Giles Peterson Remix)
The Orielles – Bobbi’s Second World (Demo)
The Magic Gang – Club Tropicana
Spector – Extra Life
Sports Team – Itchycoo Park
Alfie Templeman – Growing Up
Pixx and Jessica Winter – Summer Wine
The Wombats – Turn (Acoustic)
Oscar Lang – Always In My Head
Following a successful trial period the first direct arena are pleased to announce that accessible tickets are now available to purchase online.
Venue personnel have been working with official ticketing partners Ticketmaster to provide a solution that will greatly improve the options available to Deaf and disabled customers.
The service has been made available for all future events such as Pussycat Dolls, Stormzy, Craig David, Deep Purple, Rick Astley, Jools Holland, Dua Lipa and The Black Crowes and Genesis.
Speaking about this develepment first direct arena General Manager, Jen Mitchell, said that “We have been working on this behind the scenes for some time as we know how important it is to give equal access to tickets to all of our customers. As proud members of the Attitude is Everything Charter of Best Practice we are committed to constantly review and improve our services and we see this as a big step forward in that regard”.
Andrew Parsons, Managing Director of Ticketmaster UK, commented: “It is with great pride that we launch our online accessible ticketing solution with our friends at the first direct arena. We are both deeply committed to providing equal access to live entertainment and enabling fans to purchase accessible ticket online is a big part of delivering that.”
The venue is currently closed due to the ongoing Coronavirus (Covid-19) situation meaning that sales from the arena box office are currently suspended. The lockdown is also impacting upon the serivce of their dedicated 0800 number, which is free to call from mobile and landlines. These services will be reinstated when events are being hosted again.
Jacob Adams, Head of Research and Campaigns for Attitude is Everything added “We welcome this development at Leeds’ first direct arena bringing the convenience of online booking to Deaf and disabled fans wishing to book access along with their tickets for the first time at the venue. We know that this is what many customers want in order to have an equal set of booking options. At the same time, we applaud the retention of free telephone and in-person booking options alongside the new online method, ensuring that whatever the preferred method of booking, Deaf and disabled people can book their access requirements with confidence.”
In our latest audio chat, we have a conversation with Frank Turner about his motivations, as well as his own definition of success alongside the importance of cats and self-care….
Have a listen to the interview below!