A 24-hour online dance music festival is one of two fundraising events being planned in support of DJs, crew and production professionals, adversely impacted by the pandemic.
#Rave2Recovery, in association with #WeMakeEvents, will be hosted by Wax Worx and istreem radio boss, Sacha Wall from 2Hi radio station.
It will take place from 5pm on Saturday, 12 June and will feature DJ Brandon Block, Kiss FM and Mi Soul Radio pioneer Gordon Mac, plus DJ, broadcaster and Live Aid host Andy Kershaw.
Passes are free from digital ticketing platform, Eventbrite and in a nod to the original illegal raves of the early Nineties, guests will receive ‘directions’ to the live stream a week before the event.
Online fundraising aspects include donations, merchandise sales, and 100% of the download fees from the #Rave2Recovery anthem ‘Get Up, Go Mad‘ by Wax Worx.
Saturday 12 June will mark 455 days since most DJs, crew and production professionals have been able to work in a live music environment.
The #WeMakeEvents global movement was formed in April 2020 by trade body PLASA to highlight the plight of the live events supply chain and raise charitable funds for those people and their families suffering.
The second online dance music event, supported by #WeMakeEvents, is a three-day DJ stream on Twitch, taking place later this month.
The #Raid2Recovery fundraising marathon starts at 2.30pm, Friday 14 May and runs until 9pm, Sunday 16 May. It will feature more than 35 live sets from some of the most influential Twitch DJs.
In the UK, monies raised from both events will go to Backup, a technical entertainment charity that has been supporting event professionals throughout the pandemic.
Participants from other countries taking part in #Rave2Recovery on 12 June will be raising money for their equivalent local charities.