Liverpool Mental Health Festival returns this October, and brings with it Articipation, an event geared toward addressing the mental health well-being of those in the creative industries. The Waveform Transmitter‘s Ste Knight has the details.
Mental health is very much a topical subject in the realms of electronic music. DJ’s and producers often find that with popularity comes rigorous release and touring schedules which, by proxy, are also combined with constant social media scrutiny and pressure from others to maximise the profit of the ‘product’ they have become. We have seen many touring DJs recently making their feelings, on the matter, known, Nastia being one who has made public the effect of constant travel and touring on her mental health.
Being exhausted plays havoc with mental health, as do other facets of the job, such as drinking, drugs, and other issues associated with the world of the dance music DJ. The problems are not exclusive to DJs and electronic music producers, of course, they have been prevalent since artists became commodities, and no doubt before then, but the lives of those in the music industry are undoubtedly affected by continued, rising pressures to become the ‘next big thing’, or to maintain their existence as such.
Liverpool Mental Health Consortium, an important cog in Liverpool’s well-being machine, run a yearly festival aimed at raising awareness of these important issues and, not only that, they work toward wiping out the stigma attached to living with often invisible illnesses caused by mental health. This is something very close to our hearts (and minds) here at The Waveform Transmitter, so any work the consortium carries out, we staunchly support.
With all of this in mind, we would like to draw your attention (particularly if you are an industry bod) to their Articipation event, which takes place on October 13th, a Saturday, and is completely free. The new feature of Liverpool Mental Health Festival offers a well-being forum and live music. You can check out the full run-down on the flyer, above. This will be relevant to to many of our readers and to the local artists we cover, and is certainly worthy of your support. Grab your FREE tickets right here.