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Beatport to stage 24 hour virtual event putting the spotlight on mental health

By | Published on Thursday 5 November 2020


Dance music platform Beatport has teamed up with not-for-profit organisation When The Music Stops to present a 24 hour virtual festival on Twitch this weekend that will put the spotlight on mental health. Between DJ sets from the likes of Adam Beyer, Archie Hamilton, Angie Vee, Boys Noize and Junior Sanchez, there will be discussions and educational segments on how you can protect and enhance your mental health and general wellness.

When The Music Stops seeks to provide support, especially in the dance music community, for those tackling depression, anxiety and burnout. The organisation says that it aims to “create a supportive community with a culture of honesty where vulnerability is the norm when the music stops”.

Among those taking part in the discussions and educational segments are When The Music Stops founder Josh Donaldson, psychotherapist Dr Aida Vazin, breathwork expert Stuart Sandeman, and producer and sleep coach Tom Middleton.

The event is also being supported by Silentmode, a company that sells gadgets and training to help with relaxation, and its founder Bradley Dowding-Young is also taking part.

Commenting on the event, which kicks off at 3am on Sunday, UK time (it starts at 7pm on Saturday evening, Pacific Time), Beatport boss Robb McDaniels says: “These are trying times for our industry. Now more than ever taking care of ourselves – our minds, our wellbeing and the wellbeing of others – is truly vital. Mental health has been one of the most talked about topics in our industry for years, and this is a global topic that should continue to be discussed and destigmatised. Everyone at Beatport takes this topic very seriously and will continue to bring visibility to it”.

Meanwhile, Josh Donaldson from When The Music Stops adds: “With loneliness, depression, and suicide on the rise, Beatport is becoming a leader in normalising these conversations. When The Music Stops is honoured to collaborate on such a powerful initiative. These issues affect all races and all religions. Together we can make an impact and let people know ‘you are not alone’. We will continue to do everything we can to be there for you, we understand and relate to your struggles”.