Hundreds of people are said to be cycling the streets to protest coronavirus restrictions in England and how it affects musicians.
Save Our Scene UK (SOS) today announced further protests to raise funds and awareness for musicians who are not yet in need of financial support from the UK government.
Following the success of their protest in London in October and the end of the lockdown in Great Britain, SOS is launching two further protests against bike tours in London (December 3rd) and Bristol (December 4th).
During the protest in October, hundreds of musicians and music lovers took to the streets in the capital and cycled to the Houses of Commons, along with a rickshaw equipped with a DJ (Josh Parkinson) and some speakers.
This time, SOS takes to the streets and is run by a Land Rover with a fully equipped DJ booth.
At the head of the London protest is Jess Bays b2b with Josh Parkinson. Jess, referred to as “One to watch” by DJ Mag, performs regularly with artists such as Annie Mac, Hannah Wants, MK, Derrick Carter and especially Sam Divine, whose label DVINE Sounds has become an important part of her career.
The campaign to encourage fundraising and awareness raising for musicians across the UK has partnered with Help Musicians, the only UK charity currently supporting musicians.
Founded by 26 year old campaign organizer George Fleming, Save Our Scene UK is an Instagram fundraiser that has raised more than £ 3,900 to date and goes direct to Help Musicians.
Save Our Scene founder George Fleming said, “At the direction of the government, the music industry gets on their bikes. Our goal is to bring music lovers and professionals together and show the government the importance of protecting the arts. We will protest until we see changes, we cannot stop and we have to stand strong for what we believe in.
“The first protest in London was so successful back in October and we are confident it will only get bigger. I look forward to bringing the campaign to Bristol. The city is one of the most musically diverse in the country. If you love music and have never been to Bristol, now is your chance! ”
Save Our Scene co-founder and DJ Josh Parkinson said, “The industry has never needed our support more than it does now. The majority of musicians rely on events to make a living, and right now we don’t make a living. I urge everyone to stand behind this campaign. We need your support.
“If you can’t make this rally, move on to the next. If you can’t, check out our Instagram page to find out how to donate. If you can’t afford to donate, spread the love and tell your friends. We’re going to make some serious noise and NOT retrain! ”
The protests won’t stop in London and Bristol. George has other plans to continue protesting across the UK in major cities like Leeds, Manchester and Edinburgh.
Date: Wednesday December 2nd
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Hyde Park (Speakers Corner) to Parliament Square
DJs: Jess Bays b2b Josh Parkinson
Fate: Thursday December 3rd
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Clifton Downs to St. Andrew’s Park.
DJ’s: Got a couple of b2b Pablo Bravas