What is MUSIC FEEDS?

MUSIC FEEDS is the original at-home music festival primarily supporting charity Fareshare to help fight food poverty. The festival gives access to one-of-a-kind performances specially recorded by more than 40 artists to raise funds for charities FareShare, Stagehand and Help Musicians.

MUSIC FEEDS is what you would expect from a music festival – established bands; upcoming artists; and unique performances – except it is streamed right to your sofa – no carbon footprint; no mud; and sleep in your own bed. That ‘live communal’ festival feeling will be provided by our companion Twitter listening party, featuring the artists and trivia.

For the music itself we’ve worked hard to create something unique. Fans have missed many of their favourite artists over the last year. So we hired empty venues and commissioned and gathered never-seen-before recorded performances from more than 40 artists from the UK, Eire, USA and Portugal. To allow people to hear as many artists as possible, each artist will perform up to 3 songs.

Who is performing?

The artists that have joined MUSIC FEEDS are listened to by more than 85 million people each month on Spotify. They include: Sam Smith, Liam Gallagher, Blossoms, Fontaines D.C., DMC, James, Amy Macdonald, Chicane, Newton Faulkner, Beverley Knight, The Boomtown Rats, Adam Duritz & David Immerglück (Counting Crows), Flogging Molly, Fenne Lily, Kyle Falconer (The View), Gruff Rhys (Super Furry Animals), Mega, Nessi Gomes, Charlotte Church, Joseph Arthur, Ferocious Dog, Emily Barker, The Slow Readers Club, Alexander Stewart, Steve Mason, The Gift, The Legendary Tigerman, Jesse Malin, Skout, The Supernaturals, First Breath After Coma, October Drift, Daniel Steer, Walt Disco, SKIES, Throes + The Shine, Jessie Wagner, MEMES, Blind Zero, Surma, Bailey Tomkinson, Toshi Reagon, Selma Uamusse, Joe Duddell, Sound of the Sirens, James Maddock, G.E. Smith & Leroy Bell, Rosellas, Pattern Pusher, Hennessey, Ranking Jnr, Zeztra, Jess McAllister, Felice Rosser, Sushil Dade and Radhika.

How many songs will an artist play?

The theme of our festival is artists uniting to fight food poverty. As such we’re sought to include as many artists as possible to support our causes. Each artist was asked to perform up to 3 songs. We’ve generally distributed those over the event to mix well established artists with some newer ones that we selected. In between songs we have interviews and pieces to camera by artists. The format allows viewers to find exciting, surprising, and hidden-gem performances over the 2 x 2.5 hour consecutive nights.

Will there be a running order published before each evening?

We’ve not published a running order, but we show the artists who are performing each night on the MUSIC FEEDS event page.

When is and how long is MUSIC FEEDS?

MUSIC FEEDS takes place on 28th and 29th January 2021. If you purchased a ticket in GBP or EUR, then your stream starts at 8pm UK each night. If you purchased in USD then your stream will start at 8pm CST USA. Each night will be approximately 2.5 hours long and feature different artists.

Is there a stream at a different time for viewers in the US, Canadian and Americas?

Yes. If you purchased your ticket in USD then your stream will start at 8pm CST USA. It is the same event as the UK (GBP/EUR) one 6 hours before, but we’re afraid their won’t be a companion Twitter listening party for the Americas stream. If you want to swap your ticket for a different stream, please contact ticketing provider DICE.

Will Covid affect the event?

We do not anticipate that Covid-19 will affect the MUSIC FEEDS. We took the decision to pre-record all of the performances. This would allow us to assemble artists from many different locations and manage the various local restrictions due to Covid-19. A large majority of the UK performances were recorded between the middle of November and first week of December in Covid safe environments that were allowed at the time in the UK.

In the US, Portugal and Ireland similar safety guidelines were followed by our artists. Safety was and continues to be paramount to this event.

Where can I buy a ticket and how much does it cost?

A single £15 ticket gives access to both festival nights. There are also options to buy in EUR and USD. See the ticket links on the MUSIC FEEDS event page.

Can I watch MUSIC FEEDS on my TV, pause and replay it?

You can watch MUSIC FEEDS on any device you can watch YouTube, including Smart TVs, phones, tablets, desktops and other connected devices. Because we’re using the YouTube platform, you’ll also be able to pause the stream if you need to – but if you do you should note that the Twitter party will carry on following the broadcast timing. MUSIC FEEDS is not available for replay, however the broadcast will be available for a few hours after the event to allow you rewind and start again if you joined part way through.

Can I watch MUSIC FEEDS again?

Like a physical festival, MUSIC FEEDS is an event. You had to be there! Plus our agreement with our artists is that they were performing for a festival, and not for online replay. However because we’re using the YouTube platform, you’ll able to pause and even rewind the stream if you want to. To allow that, the broadcast will be available for a short time after the event has ended so people can catch up. Of course if you do that you’ll be out of sync with the Twitter party.

Which charities benefit and by how much?

In a modern and affluent society nobody should go hungry, but people are. We want to fight food poverty. That means our primary charity is FareShare, the charity network aimed at relieving food poverty and reducing food waste in the UK, which has been running since 1994. The majority of the proceeds of MUSIC FEEDS will go to FareShare.

The remaining proceeds will be split between the Stagehand, and Help Musicians. Both of these charities have been doing important work in the last year to support artists and the closed-down live-events crews.

As part of its involvement in MUSIC FEEDS, the Co-op is donating £1 million to the three charities. We hope to considerably increase this through ticket sales and personal and corporate donations. We’d like to thank the 40+ artists for their performances to help raise these important funds.

The £1 million donation from the Co-op will be split with 70% going to FareShare (registered charity number 1100051), 20% to Stagehand (registered charity number 1080524) and 10% to Help Musicians UK (registered charity number 228089). Net profits from ticket sales will also be donated via the same % split to all three charities by EBH GROUP UK CIC (Company number SC684919).

Corporate donors can find out more about supporting MUSIC FEEDS by using our contact form.

Who is behind MUSIC FEEDS?

MUSIC FEEDS is supported by Co-op, the ethical UK retailer, and produced and presented by Everybody Belongs Here, the music event promoter who is working for positive societal change.

Co-op is one of the world’s largest consumer co-operatives with interests across food, funerals, insurance, legal services and health. It has a clear purpose of championing a better way of doing business for you and your communities. Owned by millions of UK consumers, the Co-op operates 2,600 food stores, over 1,000 funeral homes and it provides products to over 5,100 other stores, including those run by independent co-operative societies and through its wholesale business, Nisa Retail Limited. It has more than 65,000 colleagues and an annual revenue of over £10 billion.

Co-op has a long history of supporting community projects. Co-op was also one of the first signatories to Marcus Rashford’s new Food Insecurity Taskforce. Co-op and Marcus first joined forces to help tackle the issue back in summer 2020 when the footballer starred in the retailer’s television advert helping to raise funds for food charity FareShare.

Everybody Belongs Here is the ethical music events promoter who is working for positive change in society. To do this it is formally established as a UK non-profit company. The organisation is formed by a group of professionals with experience in the music and live events industry, and led by music industry veteran and James band member, Saul Davies.

Where can I find out more?

Find out more at www.MusicFeeds.org.