Online charity festival brings 'feast' of music to hundreds of Burnley revellers

A group of musicians provided a veritable ‘feast’ of music for hundreds of people across Burnley and beyond, raising more than £1,000 for charity.

Anthony McLoughlin streaming live from his Burnley home.
Anthony McLoughlin streaming live from his Burnley home.

Feast is a house music event in Burnley that takes place in different local venues, organised by a group of local DJs.

Each Saturday since lockdown was announced, Feast resident and organiser, Anthony McLoughlin took it upon himself to help lift spirits and create some togetherness by playing a short DJ set from his living room and streaming it live from Facebook.

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This online event was so well received, he wondered if a Feast event could be organised in the same fashion; and his fellow Feast residents immediately got on board.

Anthony said: “We wanted to bring a bit of joy to households with feel-good house music and acoustic notes, while at the same time supporting those who are facing extremely difficult times due to the Coronavirus.

“So, instead of the usual ticket sales, we asked people listening and watching to donate what they could to the Burnley Together Charity and we were so amazed by their generosity; we’ve raised £1,154 so far and it’s still going up."

Burnley Together has been set up to help those in need across Burnley who are facing difficulties, worries and loneliness as a result of coronavirus.

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The Easter Sunday event saw six acts stream live on Facebook throughout the day, starting with an acoustic guitar and vocal set from Luke Hodson, followed by a line-up of DJs - Gareth Clarke, Anthony McLoughlin, Paul Barrett, Ste Brydges and Jobie Richardson - playing all things house and disco.

The JustGiving page is still live if anyone would like to make a donation: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/feast-in