Help Musicians UK (HMUK) is excited to be partnering with Pile Up Festival and the first punk edition of the festival, Pop Punk Pile Up for 2018, hosted in association with RFF Promotions and Thumbhole Records. The two festivals will be showcasing the best in emerging Pop Punk, Rock and Metal talent alongside long-established headliners and will be taking place across two weekends on 27-29 April and 22-24 June.
HMUK will be flying the banner of #MusicMindsMatter across both weekends, putting word of our free mental health support line and service out to musicians and music fans who may be in need of support with information available on site.
Adam Ruane, organiser of Pop Punk Pile Up and Pile Up said of the partnership:
"We have a strong history of supporting causes and charities close to our hearts and Help Musicians UK is right up there for us. Right now, mental health has been propelled into the spotlight due to Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington as well as the tragic loss of George Christie most recently so now is the time to make a difference and let people know that HMUK are here and they are ready to help!"
Dan Allman of Thumbhole records and co-organiser of the festivals added:
"As a professional in the music industry, I am all too aware of the stresses and pressures that come with the job. Even the smallest, youngest bands can be affected by emotional and physical exhaustion and often these lead to irritation with other band members, and the demise of the band eventually if it's not brought to light that there's an underlying problem.
The Pile Up Festivals being put together all aim to showcase the brightest emerging talents in the UK alternative rock scene, as well as top the days off with huge bands that have been in the scene for years and made a full living out of it. All of these artists rely on support from friends, fans, family and their band mates and I'm sure all could benefit from some advice here and there on how to better cope with what being in the music industry does to a person. We hope that not only can we raise awareness with the bands involved in the festival, but power them up as advocates of Help Musicians UK”.
In partnering with Pile Up and Pop Punk Pile Up 2018, HMUK is striving to reach a wider audience of musicians and genres, reaching further towards our aims of making sure that our support and services are available to musicians at different stages of their careers and of varying genres and across the UK.