WATCH HERE: Balcony Festival #6 in Aid of The Mental Health Foundation from 6pm on Saturday 20th June

Thank you for watching Balcony.  Please consider making a donation to The Mental Health Foundation by clicking hereFind out more about the fantastic work that they do supporting people with their mental health by visiting their website.

Stage Times (approx):
6pm: RtNmakesmusicThe Zine UK Stage
6.20: I am HERLOUD WOMEN stage
6.40: Ailsa TullyGod Is In The TV Zine. Stage
7.00: IdealisticsQuarantini – Live Virtual Bar Stage
7.20: FightmilkReckless Yes Stage
7.40: Sherika SherardBenumu Stage
8.00: Velvet StarlingsGigSlutz Stage
8.20: David Devant & His Spirit WifeJoyzine Stage

Support Our Artists by Visiting Their Store Pages:

RtNmakesmusic: Facebook
I am Her: Bandcamp
Ailsa Tully: Facebook
Idealistics: Facebook
Fightmilk: Bandcamp
Sherika Sherard: Official Website
Velvet Starlings: Official Website
David Devant & His Spirit Wife: Official Webstore

Visit our partner blogs & promoters:

Louise Schofield
God Is In The TV Zine
The Zine UK
Reckless Yes
Sonic Tonic
The Bechdel Sound Test
Quarantini Virtual Pub

Balcony Festival returns for its sixth outing on Saturday 20th June – the online music festival has raised around £5,000 so far for causes including NHS Charities Together, Refuge and The Trussell Trust and donations received from this event will go to The Mental Health Foundation.

A collaboration between Joyzine and fellow UK blogs and promoters Louderthanwar, LOUD WOMEN, God Is In The TV Zine, GigSlutz, The Zine UK, Benumu, Crocroland, Sonic Tonic and Quarantini, the festival will feature exclusive performances from one band selected by each promoter and will be broadcast on and our partner blogs.

We’ll be sharing line-up details here are they are announced and you can find out more on the Balcony Facebook and Twitter pages.

david devant and his spirit wife balcony festival for mental health foundation

Playing the Joyzine stage will be artpop cult heroes David Devant & His Spirit Wife, whose new album Cut Out  Keep Me is out now.  Like the bastard child of Bowie, Roxy Music and cult TV series The Prisoner, David Devant & His Spirit Wife have the vision, the style and the originality to show you a better life. And it’s all done by kindness.

sherika sherard balcony festival for mental health foundation

Sherika Sherard will be playing the Benumu Stage.  Prepare to be challenged and positively moved as you experience the infectious creativity of Sherika Sherard. With a voice like velvet to deliver her robust persona this artist never fails to warm the hearts of listeners. Born and raised in South London, it was after listening to Marvin Gaye that Sherika came to realise she also wanted to discover her deepest emotions through performance and songwriting. When finding her sound Sherika says “Paolo Nutini told me to pick up the guitar and Nina Simone told me to reflect the current times.”

velvet starling balcony festival for mental health foundation

Velvet Starlings style Psychedelic indie-rock from L.A. with inflections of a raw blues and a vintage guitar element shot through with an indie-pop summer haze, a glowing whirrring Hammond organ and raw uplifting riffs.  Frontman Christian Gisborne will play the Gigslutz Stage.

fightmilk balcony festival for mental health foundation

Stepping in after Nervous Twitch had to pull out of the festival, indie-pop Joyzine favourites Fightmilk will play for our guest promoters Reckless Yes Records.

ailsa tully balcony festival for mental health foundation

On the God Is In The TV Stage, will be dark folk artist Ailsa Tully. Intricate melodies that weave over brooding basslines, Ailsa Tully is creating an ethereal world that is rooted in folk with darker undertones. Inspired by choral music, folk and indie her sound is haunting, tender and powerful. Her lyrics are both honest and poetic, often exploring feminism and her experiences of being female in her writing. Ailsa has an all-female band which brings her song writing to life, from modal harmonies and driving rhythms to tender emotive melody lines.

idealistics balcony festival for mental health foundation

Playing the Quarantini Stage, Idealistics are an indie-rock three piece from Cambridgeshire.  The band consists of Alexandra Hirsz (Vocals, Bass), Dominique Hirsz (Drums) and George Gillott (Vocals, Guitar).  They have been performing together since their mid teens, playing regular gigs at their “home venue” – The Portland Arms in Cambridge and released their debut EP Grades In Ignorance in 2018.  Later that year Ali Hirsz shared a stage with Manic Street Preachers’ James Dean Bradfield singing ‘Little Baby Nothing’ at a sold out gig in Newport, Wales.  Being diagnosed with a rare form of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Ali advocates on behalf of artists with disabilities and long term illnesses, tryin to improve their chances in the music industry. Idealistics released their latest EP The Rain In OUr Eyes in January 2020.

i am her balcony festival for mental health foundation

Julie Riley (vocals guitar), formally of 90s cult band Rosa Mota, originally formed I am HER as a solo project in 2016.
A year later, she then paired up with Jeff Townsin (drums) and the duo have gone from strength to strength ever since. Their album, Herstory (2018) received critical acclaim from the likes of Uncut and The Crack, as well as BBC 6 Music’s Tom Robinson, BBC Radio London’s Gary Crowley and BBC Radio Wales’ Janice Long to name a few. Their latest single release ‘Big Monster’ is out on Bandcamp and all digital platforms.  They play The Loud Women Stage at Balcony.

rtn makes music balcony festival for mental health foundation

Playing The Zine UK Stage, RTNmakesmusic is the new solo project from Rhiannon The Nightmare.  She shared this message on her Facebook page: “As someone who is often at the mercy of their mental health, this is a cause close to my heart, and on a lighter note, it’s technically my FIRST EVER SOLO GIG and I will 100% be bringing the *drama*.”

Further performers will be announced in the run up to the festival.

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