Northern Soul is set to make a comeback in North Staffordshire this July, with a virtual event bringing the 1960s nightclub experience to your living room – in aid of local Covid-19 support.
Local Northern Soul sensations Passion and the Veins will be streaming an exclusive live performance directly into your homes from a Stoke-on-Trent venue, as part of Realise charity’s Northern Soul Night at Home on Saturday 25th July.
An exciting evening is planned
The evening will also include a cocktail masterclass from the mixologists at popular Staffordshire-based Ten Green Bottles, along with a raffle, and prize draw, and exclusive merchandise delivered to your door – all to raise vital funds to support Realise charity’s Covid-19 support effort.
The Northern Soul night, is the brainchild of the Realise Board including Wendy Dean, CEO of Strategi Solutions and Chair of Realise charity and Tina Holdcroft, the Charity’s Patron, in a bid to host a fundraising event with a difference.
Wendy said: “We’ve all been through some challenging times, and people have found some fabulous ways of staying in touch and staying entertained, with virtual meet-ups with friends and families and online games and quizzes.
“We know that going to live music events will be off the list for a while, so we wanted to help people have that wonderful feeling of shared experience that you get from going to a gig, but in the comfort and safety of their own home!”
Music streamed live from a local Stoke-on-Trent venue
Passion and the Veins, an eight piece band born and bred in Stoke-on-Trent, is renowned for lively Northern Soul music and for creating an exciting dance atmosphere. The band brings back the nostalgic sounds of the Northern Soul movement that swept Stoke-on-Trent in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The live stream event is sure to delight not just loyal fans of the band, but reminiscing music fans and newcomers to the genre alike.
Wendy continues, “Along with live music we’ve got the team from Ten Green Bottles showcasing a cocktail masterclass to help you create drinks at home that are sure to impress, we’ve got Lanza’s Prosecco bike delivering some special prizes to lucky winners, and we’ll have a raffle too so guests can win some great keepsakes on the night.”
The Leader of Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, Simon Tagg, said: “Since April, and the start of lockdown, the Council has worked really closely with Realise and we’ve seen the impact our support has had on the most vulnerable in our communities during a very difficult time. We want to continue to support people as we move forward, in whatever way we can.
“This is a brilliant idea. It takes advantage of the new way we’re all getting used to of being able to be with friends and family, or larger groups, to have some fun and be ‘together’. This event is all set to be an evening of exciting music and entertainment – one where we can all join in from the safety of our own homes, enjoying some live Northern Soul music and raising funds for local people at the same time.”
Tickets for the live event cost £20, which will allow your whole household to enjoy the experience, and are available to buy through Eventbrite here.
Supporting people affected by Covid-19
In April, Realise charity established the Newcastle-under-Lyme Covid-19 Support Network in partnership with Newcastle Borough Council, Staffordshire County Council and Support Staffordshire. Since then, together with local community groups and more than 45 volunteers, Realise has supported over 500 people, delivering essential food and medicine, calling isolated residents and exercising pets for those who have needed to shield.
Whilst lockdown restrictions are easing, Covid-19 has left lasting effects on our communities, and the need goes on for Realise to help people by delivering emergency food parcels and medicine, supporting those continuing to shield, and helping anybody who may struggle with new challenges of financial hardship and mental health issues as a result of the pandemic.