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Meet the musicians uniting to support CALM

At CALM we use music, comedy, sports, film and anything in between to connect and inspire people. This Winter has been no different, with some special nights of live music across the capital in support of CALM…

“As an organisation that has always worked closely with the music community, it’s great to have the support of such brilliant artists in raising awareness of the services that are available to anyone who may be struggling…”

Simon Gunning, CALM CEO.

Hand in Hive at The Lexington

On Thursday 21st November, record label Hand In Hive celebrated its 5th birthday with a special HAND IN 5IVE show at London’s top indie venue The Lexington. Swimming Tapes, Saltwater Sun, and Wyldest performed on the night, wowing fans inside the tightly packed venue.  

It was a really special night to be part of. Hand in Hive have taken care of us basically since we started out as a band. It was lovely to see so many people turn up and show their support for the label as we really feel independent music is something to be nurtured and treasured” said Swimming Tapes after the show.

“Hand in Hive is not just a record label – it’s a collective/family and everyone involved shares passion and respect for music” was the message from Wyldest.

Saltwater Sun,  who have worked closely with the label since its inception, commented: “It’s independent labels like Hand In Hive that really help bring together artists and bands and create that sense of community spirit that often is hard to find in the industry.”

We’ve been lucky enough to work with CALM for a few years now, partnering with them for our Alt Escape showcase as part of The Great Escape Festival in Brighton every May. Suicide and mental health is an incredibly important cause and we’re proud to be able to support the amazing work CALM do.”

George and Tristan, founders of Hand In Hive.

Swimming Tapes recognised the work of CALM and how it helps those in the music industry. “I think musicians have a greater understanding now of what impact being a struggling artist can have on your mental health and how to deal with it, especially with the great work raising awareness that charities like CALM are doing.”

Wyldest echoed the sentiments, adding “Music seems to be a great way of supporting causes like CALM because it can truly be acknowledged as something that may be able to ease the feelings of loneliness, emptiness associated with depression. Mental illness is only just starting to be recognised as a real physical disease and it is incredible that CALM exists and we need to do everything we can to ensure it continues to.”

Chris Meredith Memorial Show at Islington Academy

Just down the road at Islington Academy, SJM Concerts and ATC Live hosted a very special night of music in tribute to ATC agent, Chris Meredith, who tragically took his own life at the age of 37. 

A stellar lineup of bands including Shame, Sleeper, IDER, and whenyoung played at the sold-out event, alongside unannounced special guests We Are Scientists. It was an emotional and fittingly passionate display of support and outstanding live music.

Charlie Steen of Shame reflected on the event: “Everyone inside the venue on that night, including the staff and gig-goers, had an enormous amount of respect for the cause and charities representing the tragedy of someone taking their own life. It was an environment of love for all those who knew Chris and even for those who didn’t know him personally, as unfortunately each person might have their own connection to mental health illnesses. It was a safe space and a beautiful night.”

Louise Wener, who fronts Sleeper, added: “It was an honour to play at the memorial gig for Chris Meredith. He was a great friend and helped so many musicians reach their audience. We missed him terribly on the night but the opportunity to support the fantastic work CALM are doing was a welcome one for  us – particularly as members of the band work in music education where mental health awareness is so important.”

 A portion of the proceeds from the goes to the operation of CALM’s life-saving services.

A CALM Christmas Carol with Bears Den & Friends

Long-time CALM supporters Bear’s Den and Communion Music treated fans to a very special night of music in the beautiful setting of St Pancras New Church. The grand hall was dressed for the festive season, as they presented ‘A CALM Christmas Carol’ with Matthew And The Atlas, Wovoka Gentle, Seramic, and Christof Van Der Ven.

“Mental health is a subject matter incredibly close to Bear’s Den and it is both an honour and a privilege for us to help support such a great cause. Christmas has always been a time for happiness, songs, and for people to come together, but is also a time to help those around us who are vulnerable. An enormous thank you to all of you for attending and for your support”

Davie and Kev of Bear’s Den.

Every penny spent on the night went to CALM.

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