NEWS: Music Support launches first fundraising gig with To Kill a King

The 14th – 20th May 2018 is Mental Health Awareness Week. If you work in the music industry, you can find out how you can look after your own mental health and the people around you by heading to Music Support.

Alternatively, you can call their 24 hour helpline: 0800 030 6789
To Kill A King will headline the first fundraising gig for music mental health and addictions charity Music Support on May 28th 2018 hosted by Amy Gordon at Diamond Jacks Management and Pearse Grady at Bakery Boy Music.

The band will perform at Omeara, London, for a special fundraising show and will be bringing along Charlie Barnes and Monty Taft in support.

Proceeds from ticket sales will go to Music Support to help the charity achieve their mission of ensuring that no one in the UK music industry suffers mental or emotional health or addiction issues alone.

Music Support continue to offer vital lifelines to those that work in music including a 24/7 helpline, festival safe tents, crisis support and workshop training. The support offered is open to anyone who works in the music industry, artists to managers, crew to security and everyone in between.Money raised from this event will go towards ensuring that more people are aware of the services provided and that services continue to reach those that need it most.

Following the release of their recent album “Spiritual Dark Age” in January 2018, To Kill A King have already completed a successful UK headline tour, supported Bastille on the “Reorchestrated” tour and are about to head out to Europe.

“Music Support do incredibly important work in an industry that can be exploitative of its artists and when we were asked to get involved, we jumped at the chance. Omeara is one of our favourite small venues and we’re planning on making it a really special night,” said guitarist, Grant McNeill.

The London based five-piece have an army of dedicated fans some of whom have played an important role in the crowdfunding options To Kill A King used to get “Spiritual Dark Age” made and released. The album features a sensational mix of sound ranging from raw and honest acoustic to sensational, toe tapping crowd pleasers and with a live set up to match, the band are ready to take 2018 by storm.
This  our first ever fundraising show and we are incredibly proud and excited that a band with the calibre of To Kill A King are joining us. It goes to show that we are really receiving support from all areas of the industry across the board, and events like this enable us to continue providing the crucial services to the industry that we saw such a need for.” Matt Thomas, Music Support founding trustee
Support will come from the sensational Charlie Barnes who some may recognise from playing with internationally acclaimed Bastille for their live shows and festivals over the past few years.

”It’s such an honour to have been asked to be part of this night for Music Support.  Being involved in music can be a pretty weird job; of course it has its dizzying highs, but those can’t exist without some, in my experience, fairly daunting lows.  It can be so easy to feel like you’re the only person in the world experiencing tough times in this industry, but organisations like Music Support are doing wonderful work to help us all feel a little bit less like we’re on our own.  I’m also, like, totally pumped to get to see my new best buds To Kill A King again, and make a new friend in the Marvellous Monty Taft” Charlie Barnes
After the release of “More Stately Mansions” in 2015, Charlie has now released his follow up album “Oceanography” which his next single “Bruising” dropping 4th May 2018 and  the b-side features a live acoustic version from the recent support tour with Bastille.
Amy Gordon, Diamond Jacks Management says “I have been a part of Music Support for over a year now and have been lucky enough have seen first hand the brilliant work they are doing. As with anything, this comes at a cost and as such Music Support rely heavily on donations and fundraising to ensure that they can continue to meet the growing demand for their services.”
“They are the only charity who focus on providing help and support to anyone in the UK music industry suffering mental and emotional health issues as well as addiction concerns. Music Support has been founded by and run by music industry professionals and this means that anyone who contacts them can be sure that the person on the end of the phone fully understands the stresses and pressures of the music industry and can relate entirely.”
Amy goes on to say:
“This fundraising gig will be the first of many where artists, music venues, and other music industry professionals come together to acknowledge the need for the work Music Support does and recognising that they really do save lives!
I was so pleased when To Kill A King agreed to headline Omeara for us and to have Charlie Barnes and Monty Taft along too is brilliant. This will be a really special night for a very important cause and I am really looking forward to it. “
Monty Taft will open the show. The 18 year old singer/ songwriter from Jersey varies in genre between indie, folk and pop.
His original sound has gathered a lot of interest in the music industry over the last couple of years. He released his first single “These Walls” in March 2015 to great critical acclaim which achieved regular national airplay including Radio 1. Having performed at over 400 live gigs and festivals including Glastonbury Main Acoustic Stage he is an accomplished live act with his single “Delay” featuring on many Spotify playlists followed and played by thousands of listeners worldwide.
“Mental health poses such a huge issue in today’s society and one that is very close to home for me. And so it’s an honour to be playing in support of it on the 28th.” – Monty Taft
Pearse Grady from Bakery Boy Music commented “It’s a pleasure to be working with Music Support, in order to raise money to help people in the music industry who struggle with mental health. Obviously there are issues with this across the board, but the long hours and the lifestyle related to music does very much vouch the need for visibility and support. I think this show will definitely provide this.”

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