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Here's to Music Day 2014!
The first real year of Music Day celebrations in the UK took place in 2013 and saw 20 events, from Belfast to Jersey, with people taking some time out to celebrate the universal language of music!
We are pushing ahead to the event in 2014. It's always on the same date, and this year it falls on a Saturday - so there's no excuse not to get involved!
Perhaps you could organise or play at an event yourself? In March 2014 we will have our new system online where you can register as either a Host or a Performer.
In the meantime, send us an email and we will be back in touch shortly.
Music Day UK is an umbrella group whose goal is to raise awareness about the Music Day concept and, where possible, assist others in organising their own particular contribution. We will publicise all events equally through our website, Facebook and Twitter pages and the UK press.
We do not organise any of the events ourselves - that job is up to you!
You can now pledge to make a contribution via a form on our Get Involved page. We will be adding any events to an interactive map on this homepage.
MUSIC DAY is a connected set of FREE PUBLIC EVENTS
which takes place each year on the 21st June
in more than 104 countries and 514 cities around the world!
The event is also known as Fête de la Musique (or World Music Day) and originated in France in 1982. Since then the idea has spread across the globe with each event holding to the same set of principles: that the day is held on the mid-summer solstice and that all concerts and events are free to the public with a non-profit making objective.
Typically this means that the music
is brought out ONTO THE STREETS
though venues are also encouraged to get in on the act!
Go to the photos section to see pictures
from Fête de la Musique around the world
2013 was the first year that the UK made a co-ordinated contribution towards Music Day, with around 20 events stretching from Belfast to Jersey. We believe that this number will grow exponentially in 2014-2015 as both dates fall on a weekend.
We are asking everyone to think about how they can participate
in a UK contribution to Music Day
whether that be performing, organising an event,
convincing a venue to take their music outside
or lending your time and equipment for free.
If you can be part of the music or simply want to attend the events and enjoy yourself then collaborate with your friends and colleagues and motivate as many people as you can to take part. The UK can then truly embrace the amazing phenomenon known as Music Day!
DOWNLOAD OUR MIXCLOUD MIX SERIES
We have a Mixcloud page where each month we will be sharing some great DJ mixes which reflect the spirit of Music Day.
However, you will have to check back here if you want to download them...
08 by RONIN
07 by JERRY at Old Street Studios
06 by DEADLY BUZZ
05 by LO DAFOE
04 by RONIN
03 by JEROME HILL
02 by RONIN
01 by RONIN
NOW PART OF THE INTERNATIONAL FAMILY
We are now the UK hub for the international Music Day movement, as coordinated by the original group in France, under their Fete de la Musique banner.
WEB GRAPHIC TO SHARE
Please download our web button to put on your own webpages. It is in PNG format, with transparency, so that you can overlay it nicely on other graphics!
Right-click and select 'Save file/link as' to download
HOW TO DO IT
We now have some how-to guides linked from our links page.
One event took an impromptu stage of bands and acoustic musicians
to the pavements outside the legendary ex-Foundry pub in Shoreditch, London.
Click here to see some pics from that event
Here we have some documentation of past Music Day events in the UK, and some inspirational shots from around the world. All links open in a separate window.
Let us know what you are doing for Music Day 2014...
We are going to implement and a more slick and automated system for this year's event in March. It will allow you to register as either a venue or a musician and enable us to easily pair the two up, based on proximity, time to play etc.
We would love to hear from members of the press in any form - after all we are trying to raise awareness about the Music Day phenomenon.
Please use the Contact Us page to arrange interviews or be sent the latest press materials. We have a team of freelance professionals who will be documenting the event across text, audio, photos and video. This material will be available for the press to use post-event and will be uploaded here in due course.
We will soon post links to the groups and collectives who will be taking Music Day
to the streets of other cities in the UK in 2013.
For further helpful info for Londoners:
London Events Toolkit
Other related links:
Music Teachers UK