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Confetti’s charity gig to raise funds for humanitarian aid worldwide

Specialist creative technology education provider, Confetti, has organised a charity gig with live music at their Nottingham venue, Metronome. The event will take place on Thursday 27 April as part of efforts to raise awareness and funds for victims of the recent earthquake disaster in Turkey and Syria, the Pakistan floods and the ongoing war in Ukraine.

Part of Nottingham Trent University, Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies is home to over 2000 passionate and committed students studying for college, undergraduate, and postgraduate qualifications in areas including music, events, esports, media, and games. Student artists and bands studying on Confetti’s music courses will provide the evening’s entertainment, with legendary BBC Radio Nottingham DJ, Dean Jackson – himself an advocate for giving a platform to local emerging talent – lined up for compering duties.

The gig is free entry, all that Confetti asks is for a small donation (whatever you can afford) to support the humanitarian efforts. All funds raised will go to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), an alliance of 15

leading UK aid charities working together to provide emergency aid and rapid relief to people caught up in disasters and humanitarian crises around the world.

Working with local, national and international partners, Confetti ensures their students receive real-world industry experiences, creating hundreds of exclusive opportunities for students to ‘Do It For Real’. Students perform and work at venues across the city, and support key festivals such as Splendour, Hockley Hustle and Young Creative Awards. A number of great student singer-songwriters and bands will be performing at Confetti’s charity gig, including:

Ada Blue – alternative acoustic pop

Ellie Stainsby – acoustic singer/songwriter

Charlotte Moon – folk

Rawshack – rock

Slendz – rap/hip hop

Smokey Penny – alt rock

Ellie Stainsby (pictured) is one of the student artists performing, she recently supported Nottingham singer-songwriter and producer, Joey Collins.

Confetti supports creative talent to enter the creative and entertainment industries with world-class facilities in Nottingham and a new campus set to launch in London this September. Metronome Nottingham is Confetti’s 400-capacity venue (228 seated) which delivers an ambitious, diverse and contemporary cross-media programme. The venue has recently hosted gigs headlined by Elvis Costello and Jake Bugg, it’s also the home of Just the Tonic Comedy Club in Nottingham and regularly hosts BBC Music Introducing in the East Midlands, an initiative funnelling the next best artists into the spotlight.

Demonstrating its commitment to contributing to the communities it operates in, Confetti recently partnered with Teenage Cancer Trust for a special ‘This is Nottingham’ show curated and hosted by actress Vicky McClure. A nod to McClure’s BAFTA-winning performance in This Is England, the show, held back in December 2022, was headlined by city-based drum and bass artist, BRU-C. Like the successful This is Nottingham show, on Thursday 27 April, gig goers can enjoy an evening of excellent live music and entertainment in aid of some really worthwhile causes. Confetti Chief Executive, Craig Chettle, is passionate about providing help to those in need, he said:

“The first deadly earthquake [in Turkey and Syria] struck while people were inside their homes, asleep in their beds, with no warning signs. More than 54,000 buildings, including hospitals and schools, have been destroyed or damaged. In times of crisis like this, people in life-and-death situations need our help. Thanks to the DEC, aid is reaching survivors but we must do more to help them get through the crisis. By holding this event we are proud to be able to support the DEC who are pivotal in coordinating the UK public’s response to overseas disasters.”

In southern Turkey and North West Syria, earthquakes have killed over 50,000 people and left many more without homes or even basic shelter. In Pakistan, over 2 million homes have been destroyed or badly damaged by floods, and in the Ukraine, millions of people have been affected, including refugees who have fled with nothing to neighbouring countries. DEC charities are supporting the local aid effort to provide cash assistance, food, healthcare, clean water, shelter, protection, and so much more. Here’s how your donations could help –

  • £10 could provide blankets to keep two people warm
  • £25 could provide emergency food for a family for ten days
  • £50 could provide emergency shelter for two families

Metronome doors open at 7pm on Thursday 27 April for the Confetti Charity Gig – free tickets are available on Metronome’s website with donations invited at check-out. You’re also welcome to make a donation via Confetti’s JustGiving page.

Posted on 17 April 2023

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