Serving up an unforgettable night of music, Nordoff Robbins’ Get Loud 2018 delivered an evening of incredible shows, raising awareness of the life-changing work they do and the power of music therapy.
Spanning across ten unmissable shows, thousands threw themselves into a life-affirming evening of phenomenal music, in a UK-wide celebration of Nordoff Robbins music therapy and how music can change lives. It was headed up by an unstoppable night down on the seafront, as Brighton rocked to Get Loud. Performing one of their smallest sets in over two decades, All Saints served up a sermon on why they remain untouchable in modern pop with bangers such as ‘Pure Shores’ and ‘Never Ever’ setting off a singalong like no other. Enter Shikari, down the road, gave a sneak peak to their arena-filling show triggering tectonic moments at Concorde 2 for a show that will be written home about as a moment you needed to see, to be believed.
Across London, four sold-out shows delivered the goods, with Everything Everything taking to the stage for an extraordinary tour-de-force of a band in their prime (their first London show since selling-out Alexandra Palace). Katie Melua serenaded and weaved through a mesmerising set at a capacity Borderline, while Nina Nesbitt proved why she’s the next pop sensation at Omeara, with a special guest appearance from Lewis Capaldi. With The Skints taking over a palpable night at Birthdays for a final moment in the sun, London was swaying to the sound of Get Loud 2018.
Ripping into gear at The Fleece in Bristol, The Darkness took to the stage, with the sort of Greatest Hits set usually reserved for the biggest of names, and everyone packed into the intimate room knowing they were witnessing a never to be repeated spectacle. In Manchester, the icon herself Lisa Stansfield took her place at the table with a much talked about show in the confines of Matt & Threads – a debut moment from an act of immeasurable importance. Spinning the good times down in Southampton was Hot Dub Time Machine, soundtracking a thrilling night with heavyweight hits. Meanwhile in Glasgow, Gilbert O’Sullivan capitaved the crowd with his signature sound.
They fitted into an incredible day, with support for the work of Nordoff Robbins spanning the UK, and many people getting involved to raise awareness of the life-changing power of music.
Julie Whelan, Chief Executive of Nordoff Robbins said: “Campaigns like Get Loud are hugely important in helping us raise awareness of our work and ensuring that we can reach all those who need our support. We know how powerful our music therapy can be – offering communication, connection and in some cases, a vital lifeline to many people. So we thank all of the wonderful artists for taking part in Get Loud this year, because they have helped spread the message of our work not only in the places where people need us most, but all over the UK.”