Student’s Online Festival To Support The Music Venue Trust A Massive Success!
Written by Gavin on 22nd February 2021
A student from South Wales, missing her beloved live music performances, who decided to create her own online music festival has had a massive success with over 500 views in the first few hours.
The After Midnight Festival, which premiered last Saturday Night (20th February) on YouTube and can be viewed at any time, has also helped gain much needed funds for stricken Music Venues through her Just Giving page, surpassing her original target by over a hundred pounds on the first night alone.
Elin Griffiths-Warner, a 19-year-old from Pontypridd in South Wales, is currently studying Music & Sound Production at the University of Winchester though, of course, her studies have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The one-time award-winning presenter on GTFM and Winchester University Student Union’s Sound Radio, Elin is also the main blogger behind her After Midnight Blog Site, where she talks about her passion for music, highlighting unknown and unsigned artists amongst her regular interviews, record reviews and features. Elin also provides monthly playlists featuring music, new and old, that she is currently listening to via her own vinyl collection or a streaming service.
Though normally hidden away from the camera and preferring to be behind the scenes producing music or working the sound desk, Elin felt that the need to support the live music scene was so great, she came out of her comfort zone to support grass roots venues and the emerging artists she loves to host an online festival and raise money for charity.
A massive supporter of the live music scene, having previously worked at both Latitude and Leeds Festivals for Oxfam, she has been devastated by the effect the pandemic has had on that area so decided to step up and do something about it by creating and hosting her own online festival with over two hours of live music in support of the Music Venues Trust, with all donations going to the MVT. Hopefully this will be the first of many other festivals in support of such a worthy cause.
MVT is a charity supporting small venues that are struggling to survive at this point in time, including Clwb Ifor Bach in Cardiff, the Railway Inn in Winchester and Joiners in Southampton amongst many others, which are all venues that Elin often visits to watch live performances of emerging artists.
You can still view the The After Midnight Festival for free via this link https://youtu.be/-dhmAcMEsQ0 with its eclectic mix of music from 12 different young artists and rising stars, including:
Hannah Butler, solo artist working in Musical Theatre;
Mustard Swerve, Alternative Folk;
Alex Page, Singer/Songwriter from London;
Pure Kate, Singer/Songwriter with Motown Style Groves;
Natalie Grace, Soulful Vocals from London;
Grace Bland, Singer/Songwriter from Southampton;
Admissions, Alternative Indie Rock from Essex;
Sam Bishop & Toby Creasy. Singer/Songwriter Sam who performs with his friend Toby on Guitar;
Oslo Twins, Dream Pop from Bristol;
Anna Ingwardo, Norweigan Singer/Songwriter who performs with her band from her home town in Norway;
Stay Lunar, Indie Pop from Bristol;
James Kennedy, the South Wales Rock Legend and former frontman of Kyshera.
You can read about the After Midnight Festival’s featured artists and subscribe to Elin’s After Midnight Blog Site by following this link https://aftermidnightblog.wixsite.com/aftermidnight
You can donate to the Music Venues Trust via Elin’s Just Giving Page by following this link https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/aftermidnight