Introducing Video of the Week from Wales Arts Review. We’ll be showcasing some of the best new art in Wales with a new video shared every week. From music to drama and everything in between, videos will not be limited by medium. Today we take a look at ‘All Together Now’ from Artists United Collective.
This week our video comes from Artists United Collective who have released a single ahead of the Euros in support of the #saveourvenues campaign. The 18 artists involved have recorded a cover of The Farm’s 1991 hit ‘All Together Now’ – Welsh stars Trampolene, The Royston Club and Megan Wyn are a part of the record raising money for the Music Venue Trust.
The song was released this week, two weeks before the first Euro 2020 match between Turkey and Italy kicking off in Rome in a fortnight’s time. All artists involved have pledged to use their time and energy to raise awareness and money to keep the live music industry alive following the serious blow dealt by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Music Venues Trust has said that there are currently 556 venues at risk of closure across the UK. Their campaign, #saveourvenues, is all about driving fundraising efforts to keep this crucial part of the arts sector alive.
Dave Pichilingi, CEO of Modern Sky UK, added: “We’ve so much music talent around the UK and, simply, they will have nowhere to grow if we lose live venues. It’s a battle that we’re very much in together, so recording a new version of ‘All Together Now’ with some of the artists that have come through, and still love playing our at-risk venues made perfect sense. This summer brings hope in music, football, vaccines, festivals and sunshine and this anthem fits that sense of optimism.”
Peter Hooton from The Farm vocalised his support for the Artists United Collective’s release, saying: “Good luck with the release I hope it raises lots of money for the Music Venues Trust, which is the lifeblood of the music industry.”
All profits from Artists United Collective’s ‘All Together Now’ digital downloads and streaming will go directly to Music Venues Trust. Read more about the campaign here.
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