One of the wonderful things about music is that it is a truly international language: a song or an event can send a message around the world, crossing boundaries and sharing a feeling to everyone.
BIMM London loves running charity events, and we raise money throughout the year via a variety of gigs, busking events, record releases and collaborative projects.
One of the charitable events we look forward to the most is our yearly, week-long Rip It Up! Festival, in partnership with The Joe Strummer Foundation.
This year, the festival marks the 30 year anniversary of the landmark Live Aid concert at Wembley Stadium, and we’re raising funds and donating equipment to the amazing WAYout Studio in Sierra Leone.
Rip It Up! has a number of exciting elements: BIMM artists are taking over four local venues in Fulham, and are hosting a big gig at Bush Hall with very special guests — as well as performing classic Live Aid songs in a recreated 1980s teenager’s bedroom!
We’re partnering with regular collaborators The Joe Strummer Foundation, and the WAYout studio is a wonderful project which we’re very happy to be helping.
WAYout is based in Freetown, and has recording facilities for live and electronic music. It’s free to use for young street people, offering them a vital expressive outlet in a country which has a deep passion for music.
For Hazel Chandler, a trustee of WAYout Worldwide Arts for Youth, Rip It Up! will be of vital help following the devastating Ebola outbreak: “We now have two Ebola songs which are being broadcast on local radio stations, but the studio equipment is struggling: the laptop crashed meaning we lost a lot of work. The keyboards and the mixer are also dead.”
We can’t wait to launch this amazing, exciting festival, and share the gift of good music and funding with the world!