In response to The Daily Post’s weekly writing challenge: “Overheard.”
Well what a strange thing life can be. Many of my regular readers will be aware that I spend as much time as possible attending music festivals. In August this year I made my regular pilgrimage to the Beautiful Days festival in Devon. This is a mid sized festival which doesn’t advertise or have sponsorship, it stays a little under the radar but sells out every year because it has a loyal following. The festival is organised by the Folk-Punk-Rock band the Levellers.
After I left for home this year there was a terrible accident on the site when a mobile crane collapsed and two people were very seriously injured. It would not be an exaggeration to say that their lives were saved because the Air Ambulance managed to get them to hospital very quickly. There is a Facebook group called Beautiful Days chat which has almost 3000 members. In recent days one of the organisers of that group, a good friend, has been carrying out some secret negotiations which came out of the terrible accident.
He has arranged for a host of bands and artists to record a cover of a levellers track which will be made into a download album and all of the proceeds will be donated to the air ambulance. Many of our favourite bands are contributing. All of this was done in secret and no-one had the slightest idea that this was happening until an announcement was made last night. Needless to say the idea has gone down a storm with numerous people agreeing to buy the download.
This was a wonderful secret to be party to. It really does restore your faith in human nature to see the support my friend has received from all of the artists. Heaven knows it is difficult for artists to make a living. Its heartening to see how much support the project has received from those pledging to buy the album. It is heartening that this is all being done in the name of two people who were hurt in an accident and whom only a few of the group actually know.
It is a shame however that all of this is necessary because Air Ambulances in the UK would not be able to operate without charitable support.