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New mental health focused festival launches

Getahead Festival, the world’s first 24-hour urban ‘festival of the head’, lands in London for its inaugural event later this month.

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 1 Jun 2018
  • min read
Getahead Festival, the world’s first 24-hour urban ‘festival of the head’, lands in London for its inaugural event later this month.

It takes place at Omeara on 13 June and consists of a pre-work rave, talks, panel discussions, comedy, live music and an all-night disco,

The non-profit social purpose venture aims to be the ‘SXSW of mental health and wellbeing’ and help music fans and creative entrepreneurs learn how to get ahead and achieve their goals without burning out.  It is presented by AEI Group and Tech Dept., with Help Musicians UK the official charity partner.

Help Musicians UK will curate a schedule of panel discussions including Self-care for creative entrepreneursMusic Minds Matter and mental health in the music industry and Addiction in the entertainment industry.

The discussions will feature guests including DJ and journalist Goldierocks, music industry psychotherapist Chris Madden, psychotherapist and ex-Babyshambles’ Adam Ficek, breath expert and former DJ Stuart Sandeman and researcher of Help Musicians UK’s Can Music Make You Sick? mental health report Sally Anne Gross.

There will also be a showcase of emerging artists that have been championed and supported by the charity, including Elsa Hewitt and Ben Pearce.

The charity will conclude its schedule by hosting an early evening networking session, where attendees can ask advice and explore the day’s topics in more detail with mental health professionals, experts and panel members.

Christine Brown, Help Musicians UK’s Director of External Affairs, said: ‘We’re excited to partner with AEI Group for the inaugural Getahead Festival.

‘Help Musicians UK is in it for the long haul for the music industry's mental health and with our common vision, this partnership has the potential to grow and affect real change.

‘It is imperative, more than ever, that we continue to advocate and promote the importance of well-being in the music industry with like-minded organisations to spread the message far and wide.

‘Health and Welfare is the golden thread of the charity and through our landmark 24/7 mental health support line and service, Music Minds Matter, as well as the #HearForMusicians musicians’ hearing health scheme and many other vital programmes and events, HMUK continues to invest in health and wellbeing and we can’t wait to be part of the success of Getahead, now and in future years to come.

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