On Sunday afternoon the region’s music community, and more, will gather at Trillians Rock Bar in Newcastle’s City Centre to not only honour the recent passing of both Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington, but to ‘Fight the Black Dog.’
A lot of people have been affected by mental health, few stand up and talk about it and on Sunday, you can if you want, but you can also play some music and mingle with friends, whatever you’re feeling at the time.
Now, more than ever, there’s a growing need to break the stigma and talk about it, and where better place than where many feel at home and safe? This day is for everyone who feels alone, or feels that they can’t open up about their mental health.
Dave Hills, manager of Trillians was more than happy to welcome the event to his venue and, with MIND, Wandy UK, and the Jay Lennon Foundation all on-board, it has very much been an event taken to the hearts of the many.
A representative said: “From a little idea of a gathering we have this fantastic event.
“It all stemmed from a video on social media from one of the region’s rock artists after Chester’s unfortunate passing and it just went from there.
“The response has been amazing, both from the music community, and from local businesses, and with a venue like Trillians, a mainstay on the regional music scene for so long, we couldn’t really ask for any more.”
Of the artists performing on the day includes Steve Daggett, of Lindisfarne and The Velvets with acoustic sessions being the nature of the day; Steve will be joined on stage by the likes of the Front Step Collective, Jonathon Haigh, Craig Roddam and more.
Steve added: “I saw Dave (Hills) put a post out asking for people to perform so I contacted him as we’ve all been affected in some form or another.
“Something like this (Mental Health) affects and touches everybody whether personally, or in other ways.
“People need to reach out and make it known and hopefully not be affected by the stigma which surrounds it all and an event like this, it’s grabbed people’s attention from the off and was something I had to do.
“I’ve an acoustic slot at around half five and will probably play some of my own music, and some off Lindisfarne’s.”
Also on the day will be Gargoyle Beauty providing manicures and face painting, food will be available and funds raised will go to the designated charities; a raffle will also take place with some great prizes on offer including tickets for the O2 Academy, Riverside and Think Tank, a month subscription to Blyth Barbells and Fitness and much more.
The event starts at 2pm this Sunday at Trillians, Princess Square, and more information can be found on the event page ‘Fighting the Black Dog – Raising Awareness for Mental Health.‘
Press release on Chronicle Live