If you thought INTO was all about the serious side of life, think again. With the festive season now in full swing, Chantelle Simonds from our Admissions team explains how we are combining the musical talents of our staff with a little bit of Christmas charity…
It was born in 2008 and raised by INTO staff, INTO students and the wider community alike. Registered charity INTO Giving partners existing educational projects in impoverished and disaster stricken countries to improve the lives of young people. And this Christmas, alternative rock band, Trails, who boast INTO’s very own Adam Rains on drums and vocals, are directing the spoils of their new single at the charity. The quartet have recently released a Trails-esque spin on 80′s classic, Africa, originally released by Toto, and all proceeds from the release will go to INTO Giving, who are happy to join the list of charities that have benefited from Band Aid’s revolution of the charitable record. The Christmas cover of Africa also comes complete with a fantastic parody of the original video, which makes it easy to see why in recent years Trails have received positive acclaim from national magazines such as Kerrang! and Rock Sound.
You can download the single and donate at the band’s website. And if you like what you hear and want to catch the band in person, Trails can be seen live at INTO Giving’s next fund raising event, a Christmas charity gig at The Hope in Brighton, on Friday 16th December. The band will be headlining the night, which plays host to various bands and solo artists, a raffle and a DJ. Kick-starting the line-up will be Brighton’s Lewis McKale, a good humoured acoustic folk guitarist who will have you singing along and enjoying some entertaining tributes to the Christmas jukebox. You can download Lewis Mckale’s debut EP ‘My Father’s Son’ for free here.
Keeping the acoustic vibe alive will be Guildford’s Tree House Fire. The band’s guitarist and vocalist Sam Rothon will be playing a set of cheeky Christmas covers and Tree House Fire songs, wrapped in acoustic reggae and pop. Check them out here.
Liverpool’s indie-rock boys We Walk in Straight Lines take to the stage next. Highly acclaimed by the likes of BBC6 Music, this band is guaranteed to offer an explosive show. See them in action. Paving the way for our headliners is Shoreham-by-Sea’s Laura Ward and the Risen Road, whose bluegrass roots and enchanting vocals will definitely get you dancing; and to ensure that proceedings run without a hitch, the night will be compered by comedian James McDonnell.
So ho, ho, ho, this is an unmissable show! Jolly on down to The Hope you go.
This Friday. 16 December. Brighton..