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A recap of our Let’s Reconnect Festival – a 4-day celebration of new music, creativity and collaboration.

Let's Reconnect Festival
13th May 2021

A recap of our Let’s Reconnect Festival – a 4-day celebration of new music, creativity and collaboration.

For anybody who missed it or wants to relive it, here’s a recap of our Let’s Reconnect Festival – a 4-day celebration of new music, creativity and collaboration.

Between Mon 26-Thu 29 Apr 2021 we delivered a series of online workshops, events and conversations to help us reconnect, with new work by emerging artists at the heart of it all…

Day 1 – reconnecting with each other

Both Sides Now x BandLab
Following a demo of BandLab by Aqilah Misuary we offered six artists a paid flash commission to work together to produce new collaborative tracks that were shared on the final day of the festival.
Hear the tracks

Libersea Listening Party
What does it mean to be connected in today’s world? And how do you approach a collaboration with somebody you’ve never met in real life? To end Day 1, we met on Zoom for the first listen of Libersea’s new EP ‘Can You Hear Me?’, a new digital collaboration by Caitlin Laing-McEvoy (Manchester, UK) and Ditte Elly Goard (Aarhus, Denmark). Watch this space for the release…
Meet Caitlin and Ditte

Day 2 – reconnecting with our creativity

Throughout the second day of the festival we live streamed a series of in-conversations with four of our Digital Creatives who premiered new work produced in response to the ‘Let’s Reconnect’ season theme with support from Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. These included…

moonray, the alter ego of experimental music producer Grace Stubbings, is releasing ambient EP ‘Viriditas’ on 28 May. We were given a sneak peek of the EP’s three tracks and an insight into the concepts behind them which you can watch back on Facebook.
Listen and buy debut track ‘Morning Dew’

Automatic Towards
Drawing from improvisation, melodrama, surrealism, and text-art, artist and musician Daniel Bryden (AKA Days Like Television) explores experimental modes of storytelling, inviting viewers to piece together the fragments and allowing the source material to endlessly refract, combine, and connect. We chatted to Daniel about the concepts behind this multi-media project on Facebook.
Watch, hear and read

Once I’m in the sky, it’s all good
A soundscape documentary about touring and playing live created by audio producer and artist Rosie Parsons and featuring the voices of Andrea Trout, Deirdre Cartwright, Iceboy Violet, Katie Harkin and NikNak. Hear more about this soundscape documentary from Rosie on Facebook.

We Miss Live Music
A crowdsourced collection of voice clips, photos and stories from music lovers across the world, highlighting the positive impact of live music on our mental health. Curated by photographer Abbie Jennings who gives an introduction to the piece on Facebook.

Digital Marketing Masterclass with Amelia Ideh
Communications consultant Amelia Ideh shared secrets to creating successful launch strategies, using social media without it using you, developing a strong voice and an engaged audience and looking after your mental health, in an exclusive workshop for artists and musicians.

Day 3 – reconnecting with ourselves

Staying Well in the Music Industry
An upfront and informative discussion on how to stay well and prioritise your mental health in the music industry, during and after a pandemic. Featuring contributions from Joe Hastings (Music Minds Matter), Dr Melanie Grundy (British Association For Performing Arts Medicine), vocalist, songwriter and producer Jamaal Monarch and singer-songwriter Lindsey Abudei.
Watch on Facebook or YouTube.

New Tracks
A celebration of new music created together online by young musicians during our New Tracks project, featuring new music, animated music videos, and a discussion around the role of music and creativity in supporting young people’s mental health and wellbeing.
Watch the showcase on Facebook and the animated videos on YouTube.

Day 4 – reconnecting with our future

Queer Narratives in Music
A roundtable discussion exploring the importance of LGBTQIA+ narratives in popular music, with Anil Sebastian and Amber Jay. Hosted by Mike Pony (Submerge) the three discussed personal awakenings, evolving artistic identities, and imagined a future where all voices are heard. The panel ended with a preview of Amber’s mini-documentary showcasing queer artists from the North West.
Watch on Facebook or YouTube (BSL interpreted)

Remote Hope
A showcase of new music by Remote Hope – a collective of eclectic young musicians from across Greater Manchester. Working together remotely, the artists produced a diverse body of new sounds, weaving together their different musical backgrounds and influences.
Meet and hear Remote Hope

Jamz Supernova
Over on Mixcloud DJ, broadcaster, label owner and A&R & podcast host Jamz Supernova dug into her collection to wrap up the week with uplifting tunes that tied into the theme of reconnection.

Thank you so much to everybody who contributed and joined us throughout the week! To stay up-to-date with the latest from Brighter Sound please sign up to our mailing list