Raw Fest donates over £1k to Backstage Academy CIC

Organisers of Manchester’s unsigned music festival Raw Fest presented a cheque worth over £1,000 to our not-for-profit arm Backstage Academy CIC

Organisers of Manchester’s unsigned music festival Raw Fest presented a cheque worth over £1,000 to our not-for-profit arm Backstage Academy CIC at a star-studded ceremony on 26th September at the city’s famed live music venue Band on the Wall.

Legendary TV star and producer David Gest hosted the celebration event, which featured Gwen Dickey (of ‘Car Wash’ fame), Aswad’s Brinsley Forde and up and coming talent. The night marked the launch of the Band on the Wall Foundation – the other donor charity, which is run by the live music venue.

Backstage Academy CIC funds training and employment programmes for disadvantaged groups across communities to provide them with the opportunity to develop careers in live events production. Backstage Academy CIC is currently offering Scholarship opportunities for our Ready for Work Training Programmes.

Backstage Academy, LS-Live and other production companies supported the festival at Jackson’s Boat in Manchester on June 15th to raise money for charities that help disadvantaged and underprivileged groups launch careers in music and backstage production.

LS-Live, STS Touring, HSL, Euro Generators UK and Loop Insurance provided equipment and services to the festival back in June. Backstage Academy students set up the staging, lighting and sound, and took on various roles in production throughout the day, under the supervision of Technical Director Gareth Welbourn.

Backstage Academy’s Tcharn Clabburn was one of the 15 students who worked on the production on the event. He said: “Raw Fest was a really good day and one of the best opportunities I’ve had on the course so far as we got some real hands-on experience. I set up the sound system on the main stage and was left to mix the FOH and monitor mix for the artists from main stage FOH which was great.”

The second annual outdoor event grew threefold to welcome almost 1,000 people to the historic inn on the banks of the River Mersey in Sale this year, with Mr Scruff as the guest headliner supporting a line-up of 20 up and coming acts.


Band on the Wall Foundation

Raw Fest also donated over £2,000 to the Band on the Wall Foundation, which aims to work with communities facing social challenges to provide an accessible music programme and a sustainable learning centre for young people and emerging musicians.

One of the performers at Raw Fest, urban artist Brad The Processor Bromley, founded his music career after attending workshops at Band on the Wall with BrighterSounds one of B.O.T.W`s Foundations. It was through this network that he met other artists and was given the inspiration to get a studio together and start acting like a professional artist.

Said Brad The Processor Bromley: “Band on the Wall’s delivery partner BrighterSound helped me get my music back on track and I’ve played lots of gigs at their venue. They gave me the skills I needed to perform and get gigs such as the Royal Opera House, which led to performing in Sweden Trastock Festival, Blaze Festival and also Raw Fest.”

He played alongside Krisshan Jade, Rum Thief, Chesqua and DJ collectives Engine, Roots Before Branches and Bad Habit in the marquee, whilst the main stage hosted Manchester’s soulful four-piece Black Lights, Salford’s comedic feel-good band Thingumabob & The Thingumajigs, psychedelic pop group The Chanteuse & The Crippled Claw, Irish songstress Shauna Mackin, Second Hand Wings and Thugs on Wolves.


About the Sponsors


LS-Live is an award-winning staging and set construction company based in Wakefield that is widely known as an industry leader amongst the international concert touring and event industry. It’s growing team offers full service solutions in stage and set projects, from the initial concept design, structural calculations and engineering, custom fabrication and automation, through to test building in it’s arena-sized studio to final installation and operation.

STS Touring

STS Touring Productions Ltd was established in Manchester in August 1997. The company provides complete touring and event technical and logistical solutions, as well as operating as a supply company in various fields.

HSL Group

Based in Blackburn, HSL Group supplies lighting, video and rigging rental equipment to high profile concert tours, events and festivals.

Loop Insurance (a trading name of Bridge Insurance Brokers Ltd)

Loop Insurance offers innovative insurance cover and advice for the creative industries. With over a decade’s experience dealing with these specialist industries, their team’s in-depth understanding of the exposures clients face mean that they can work with clients and insurers to limit risk and provide unique insurance programmes that provide more comprehensive cover, and in turn, aim to save you time and money in the event of a claim.

Euro Generators

Euro Generators are a leading provider of Temporary Power solutions to a diverse range of industries – temporary events, utilities, construction and industrial.  They stock a wide range of super-silent generators, backed up with a comprehensive 24/7 support network.


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