An interview about Lockdown Festival

Lockdown Festival is happening soon – get ready for it!

I caught up with Dom O’Doherty – who is running the festival as well as Gary, who will be virtually performing!

Interview with Dom:

Emma: Hi, Emma here! Delighted to hear you’ve put something together for the music gig lovers who are currently missing out – as well as our hard working, amazing NHS of course! Emma: How did you come up with this idea?

Dom: The moment we got news of the pandemic spreading, I started to receive word of lots of gigs and events being cancelled or postponed, in true spirit of the music industry some of these artists organised live sets from Facebook and YouTube and while watching well known artists from around the world and local artists too keeping positive vibes going strong, the idea seemed to jump of the screen and hit me right in the face.

Emma: Music is considered a lifeline for many, a way to stay connected to someone often when we go through situations that make us feel isolated (ranging from a personal heartbreak to even the lockdown we are experiencing!) – why do you think this is?

Dom: For the most part, songwriters take their inspiration from life events that have impacted them in some way and generally at some stage in our lives we have felt those emotions, from the ultimate lows to the extreme highs and everything inbetween, it is simply impossible to not connect with that.

Emma: What kind of genres can we expect from the Lockdown Festival? Dom: We have a wide array of talent on display at Lockdown Festival from young upcoming acoustic singer song writers with the likes of Miles Berry, we have seasoned vets who have 30+ years experience, luckily we have also been able to get 1 or 2 members of fantastic 4 and 5 piece bands with a bit of pure rock, indie and 80s pop sounds. You will hear a great mix of original songs and covers. The logistics of having full bands playing is a little beyond our scope……for now.

Emma: Do you think “Lockdown Festivals” and the like could become more and more commonplace?

Dom: I really do, whether this is purely down to a cheaper alternative to nights out or full festival weekends or if it is to introduce the kids to the wonderful world of live music, I see this being a staple of the music industry going forward, maybe the lockdown has just highlighted the power of technology when we need it the most.

Emma: How would you describe how you hope Lockdown Festival will be in 3 words?

Dom: Live Loud Entertainment!

—- Interview with Gary

Emma: How did you come up with this idea?

Gary: Well, I wish I did come up with the idea! Unfortunately I cant take the praise for it, it’s an old friend of mine from the blackburn music scene days, Dom o’Doherty. He came up with the idea and asked me to join the bill which I more than happily obliged.

Emma: Music is considered a lifeline for many, a way to stay connected to someone often when we go through situations that make us feel isolated (ranging from a personal heartbreak to even the lockdown we are experiencing!) – why do you think this is?

Gary: I think I music can speak to people’s soul, it reaches places that normal chit chat cant reach, it’s sort of a feeling rather than sound if that makes sense?

Emma: What kind of genres can we expect from the Lockdown Festival?

Gary: From.what I’ve heard, acoustic singer songwriter type stuff, stripped down band sets, I’m sure I’ve heard a sax player is on the bill along with djs which is a nice mix.

Emma: Do you think “Lockdown Festivals” and the like could become more and more commonplace?

Gary: At the current time, most definitely. It’s a great way to connect with each other whilst not being able to do it in person!

Emma: How would you describe how you hope Lockdown Festival will be in 3 words? Gary: Personal, chilled and happy.

For more information – https://www.facebook.com/lockdownfestlive/

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