Today North Coast heavyweights And So I Watch You From Afar announced a massive show to raise awareness of mental health and suicide prevention in aid of three charities. Taking place on Saturday 28th March, the OK? festival sees the band spearhead a packed bill of talent at The Telegraph Building.
Also on the bill are NI Music Prize winners SOAK and Joshua Burnside, General Fiasco, Dublin’s Pillow Queens, New Pagans, Catalan, Junk Drawer, Jordan Adetunji, Careerist, Cherym, Problem Patterns and Gnarkats. Following the show, there’s an after party featuring the legendary David Holmes and Phil Kieran. The organisers aim to bring together a sense of community, love, support and awareness in support of Aware NI, Help Musicians NI and PIPS.
The show follows a personal loss to the band and the Northern Irish music scene at Christmas.
“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”.
Rory Friers, ASIWYFA
Tickets go on sale this Thursday 5th March at 9am from Shine.net.
AWARE is the Depression Charity for Northern Ireland. Support groups welcome people with depression and bipolar disorder as well as careers for people with the illness. We also deliver Information Outreach sessions and attend community events to give more information about AWARE and our services.
PIPS Charity is here to provide support to individuals who are considering, or who have at some point considered, ending their own lives.
Help Musicians UK is the leading UK charity for musicians of all genres, from starting out through to retirement.