We’re not sure there are many more ways to introduce these ‘”strange” and “unprecedented” times, but it’s certainly weird and Covid-19 is having a massive effect on the independent bands, artists and labels around us.
The bands we all know and love keep us happy by releasing music and taking it across the country on tours of our small venues. The hard work that goes into the preparation behind a release or a tour months and months before it goes ahead means that a new date in the diary for you and me, becomes a huge waste of time and resources for the artists alongside a healthy measure of financial instability. As we are all too aware, nobody is making any money from selling music and it’s ticket and merch sales (especially merch sales) that keep these bands afloat. Without a tour, these are trying times for the bands so we wanted to highlight how you can help.
Today (and today only!), Bandcamp are waiving their revenue fee to support the artists on their platform, making this the opportune and most effective time to put some money in your favourite bands’ pockets. We understand that everyone has their difficulties right now (us included) but what comes out the other side is new music, so it’s a win-win.
Here are some bands you can help right away and also get some very very good looking merch. We’ll keep updating this throughout the day so please get in touch with your links etc.
What are they selling? Their debut EP on vinyl, pre orders of their upcoming debut album and a hoodie.
What are they selling? Some very very good looking T-Shirts plus a tote band and a special edition ‘Coping With Covid’ pressing of their EP ‘Town Centre’
What are they selling? A limited amount of T-Shirts. Everything else has sold out so hop to it.
What are they selling? Home to The Wants, Scalping, Talk Show and Moa Moa. You can find plenty of vinyl and T-Shirts from their roster. Great artwork all round, congrats.
What are they selling? A T Shirt plus limited amounts of vinyl. The debut album plus their two recent singles are all available. They won’t be for long.
What are they selling? Plenty of vinyl in pretty much all the colours.
What are they selling? Happiness? Maybe not. But they have do have some pins, vinyl, Tees and CD’s. Go!
What are they selling? A long sleeve T-Shirt. Lovely little number.
The Cool Greenhouse
What are they selling? Tea towels, Vinyl and Mystery Seeds. We have a winner!
What are they selling? Merch printed for their cancelled Spring tour.
Static Shock Records
What are they selling? Lots of vinyl. Only 3 Chubby & the Gang left on red vinyl. You should get that.
What are they selling? T-Shirts and Hoodies. All the vinyl has gone and we’re not surprised.
Katy J Pearson
What are they selling? Tees, Totes, Vinyl and bundles.
TOUGH LOVE RECORDS
What are they selling? Loads of vinyl and T Shirts from their roster which includes The Stroppies, TOY, Peel Dream Magazine, Current Affairs & more.
What are they selling? Some T-Shirts in multiple colours plus a smiley long sleeve T-Shirt.
What are they selling? Pay what you want on all digital downloads.
What are they selling? A very nice T-Shirt titled ‘Naughty Boy On My Bike’
What are they selling? Waiving label share so artists get 100% of all digital sales today.
What are they selling? One Logo T-Shirt on a Gildan Heavy.
Strong Island Recordings
What are they selling? Vinyl, Post Cards, Tees and Cassettes
What are they selling? Some vinyl, some very wearable Tees and a bundle option.
What are they selling? Vinyl in 7″ black and T-Shirts on soft style in some lovely shades.
Sad Club Records
What are they selling? Loads of cassettes including magic from L.A. Peach, Girl Ray and more.
What are they selling? Vinyl, Some really great Long Sleeve Tees and CD’s.
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We are currently offering both Issue 23&24 for £6 in a bid to support our print magazine and give you some extra reading at home now that we all have a bit more time. If you’d like to pick up a copy, you can shop here.
Header Image from Bandcamp