We know it's tough right now to stay positive. But we're here to let you know that it's not all doom and gloom. Keep your chin up, and find solace in music and the arts. So, each week, we will bring you our favourite positive music news stories from around the world. We hope it brings a smile to your face. Enjoy!
Liam Gallagher confirms NHS show
Liam Gallagher is set to perform a concert for NHS Staff to thank them for working tirelessly to keep us safe. The former Oasis member will headline the gig at London's The O2 this October.
Lady Gaga launches a live-streamed benefit concert to support the World Health Organisation’s Covid-19 response fund
Dermot O'Leary, Clara Amfo and Claudia Winkleman will host highlights from the USA show supported by performances by UK stars. Over 100 acts, including Billie Eilish, Taylor Swift and Sir Paul McCartney, will also take part via video. The main USA broadcast will take place on Saturday, with the UK version showing on BBC 1 from 7:15pm on Sunday evening. The UK version will include extra performances from British artists such as Little Mix and Sir Tom Jones.
New Rules Release Positivity Website
New Rules new song 'Pasta' was written to raise awareness about the pressure that society can have on people to make them feel they have to look a certain way. Fans have written to the band explaining how this has impacted them and how overwhelming this can be. With this in mind, the group have created a website with links that will support people when they feel like this. Find it here.
Disney on Broadway anniversary charity concert streamed for free on YouTube
It has been confirmed Disney will stream their 25th anniversary Broadway concert on YouTube this weekend to raise money for Broadway Cares' COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund. This fund supports everyone in the theatre community who has been impacted by the pandemic. Available for a week on YouTube, the charity event brings together some of the best Broadway performers to celebrate. Some of the Disney songs presented include Hercules, Aladdin, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Mary Poppins and more.
Meek Mill, Justin Bieber, Miguel donate once in a lifetime fan experiences and prizes for COVID-19 Relief
Justin Bieber, Miguel, Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro and Meek Mill are among the artists who have offered to take part in 'The All In Challenge' where they will donate once in a lifetime fan experiences and rare items to raise money to feed those who have been affected by the COVID-19 crisis. The All In Challenge, ran by the All In Challenge Foundation, will benefit many food charities.
Glastonbury ponchos repurposed as PPE for NHS workers
Glastonbury Festival has donated several thousand ponchos to hospitals to help ease demand for personal protective equipment in the south-west of England. Last month, the festival also donated hand sanitiser, face masks and gloves to emergency services.
Mamma Mia! celebrates its 21st birthday
A mother. A Daughter. 3 Possible Dads. And a trip down the aisle you'll never forget. Produced by Judy Cramer, this musical thriller brings the hits of ABBA to life. Mamma Mia! celebrates its 21st birthday this month! We know this isn't an easy time for anyone, so Mamma Mia have put together a video to help put a smile on all of our faces. Watch here.
Sony confirms $100 million COVID-19 global relief fund
Sony have confirmed a $100 million relief fund which will help to support people who have been heavily impacted by the Covid-19 virus globally. The fund will support people in three areas: children and teachers facing issues from school closures, frontline medical staff and key workers working during these times alongside support for the creative community who have been impacted by the virus. Sony will also donate $10 million of the fund to help support the World Health Organisation (WHO) during this crisis.
Glastonbury curate Spotify playlists of acts who would have been on stage this year
Glastonbury have taken to Spotify to bring us playlists of artists who would have been on the various stages this year. Starting with the John Peel Stage!
The Leadmill raises £10,000 with online auction
The Leadmill recently put up a custom guitar signed by the Arctic Monkeys for auction which raised £7,200! The Sheffield based venue organised an online memorabilia auction to raise money to cover costs during the Covid-19 pandemic when the venue closed to the public. Other items included in the auction were signed posters and photographs.
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