Ask yourself, what could possibly be better than moshing and popping shapes for charity? I’m still struggling to answer that question because music should always be recognised as not only one of the most pleasurable things on the planet, but as a force that can bring together and unite ordinary people in solidarity. That’s why this gig takes the name of YOUthCHANGE!

The typhoon that hit the Philippines recently killed thousands of people and has left many thousands more injured, without food and shelter and other basic supplies. Now although our government and others are sending some aid it isn’t enough! Many charities have had to leap into action to help.

It is always one of the most incredible things to witness when ordinary people who (as individuals) don’t have a lot of power but when they organise and work collectively, wonderful things can happen. In this case a small contingent of 17-18 year old college students got together on social media and decided that they wanted to help their fellow human beings currently in great suffering on the other side of the world.  Everybody contributed their talents and labour and have created  an absolute banger of a music night! The aim is to raise money for the Disasters Emergency Committee, which is a group of charities who mobilise under that name to provide more efficient and effective aid.

Everybody was eager to contribute, some people offered their musical prowess resulting in the 10 absurdly talented and adept bands and DJs playing on the night, others offered their creative abilities and ingenuity; making fantastic posters, logos, and much more.

The bands billed are all regulars in Southampton, with long-standing local legends The Harlequin headlining. The DJ’s are all local to the hampshire area too and have put on several other nights across the county. Here is a video of the last night this group of young and barmy DJs put on at The Railway in Winchester.

Everyone is incredibly happy and thankful for The Cellar in lending us their venue. There will be something for everyone on Tuesday with bands upstairs spanning various genres and 5 DJs on the floor showcasing many genres of dance music including techno, grime, juke, and jungle.

Tickets are just £5 on the door with all proceeds going to the Disasters Emergency Committee. There will also be donation buckets on the night for any extra contributions people can spare.

All in all it’s going to be one hell of a night with great music, great people, and for a great cause!

Location: The Cellar
Date: Tuesday 26th November
Time: 7PM-11PM

Bands, Room 1:
The Harlequin
The Mavericks
Ready Salted

DJs, Room 2:
Afro Samurai MC
Archie Fooks
Simeon Leeder


About Author

Adam is a physics graduate from the University of Southampton with an interest in electronic music. He co-founded Sotonight and was involved with SEMSU and other music-related projects while at university.