Oldham artists set to shine as part of online fundraising festival for lockdown mental health

Date published: 20 January 2021

Mental health specialist Pathlight is organising a special online festival to raise spirits during this winter lockdown, whilst also raising funds for Mind, the mental health charity.

Featuring an eclectic range of bands and performers - including many from Oldham - Thrive Hive Fest will be streamed online on the weekend of February 6-7, 2021.

Ticket sales will raise much-needed funds for the Tameside, Oldham and Glossop branch of Mind.

The charity has been overwhelmed with referrals for mental health support since the pandemic began and every ticket bought will help them support people experiencing mental health challenges.

Festival organiser Paul Wolstenholme said: “This festival brings together two of my greatest passions: music and mental health.

"The idea came from a conversation I had in Pathlight Thrive Hive, a Facebook group set up at the start of the pandemic to offer free support, connection and inspiration.

“Almost as soon as the discussion got started, a host of musicians, artists and other performers offered to help, all completely free of charge.

"I feel so energised, proud and humbled by the support that all the superb artists and volunteers are providing!”

The virtual festival will feature a range of established and up-and-coming bands, solo artists and poets from all over Greater Manchester.

More acts will be confirmed shortly.

Oldhamer and Latics fanatic Sid Cooper, frontman of highly-rated local band LOAstate, said: “I’m really excited to be part of this festival’s fantastic line-up.

"Raising awareness and promoting positive mental health is more crucial now than ever.

"The uplifting and connecting power of music is a great way to do that, so I’m proud to be helping to banish the lockdown blues that so many people are feeling.”

Tickets cost £10 and are available via Pathlight’s website: www.pathlight.org.uk/events

Details of other artists appearing at Thrive Hive Fest will be posted on two social media channels: Twitter: @Hive_Festival and Facebook: Thrive Hive Online Fest.

Pathlight aims to foster positive mental health, compassionate relationships and mindful, productive workplaces.

The company provides training, support and consultancy services.

More details are available on the company’s website: www.pathlight.org.uk

As well as Sid Cooper from LOAstate, the festival will also feature Oldham artistes Jake Fletcher, Freeda, Paul McGladdery, Jason Bromley and Johnny Harper.

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