Get into the summer festival spirit online and help support a great cause

Live gigs and mass gatherings might still be off the cards this summer, but thankfully there are other ways of getting into the festival spirit. Glasto is far from the only event going digital – next weekend, Midlands-based charity Soundabout will be hosting a fantastic mix of live music online, too.

For 25 years Soundabout has been changing the lives of people with disabilities through the power of music. They have pioneered the use of music, rhythm and sound to give disabled children and adults a voice, a way to express themselves and be listened to.

Every year the charity hosts an outdoor fundraiser, but were sadly forced to cancel this year’s event. Ever resourceful, however, they decided to move the celebrations online to host Thomas’ Tea Party, an inclusive music festival streamed live on Facebook from 2pm-6.30pm on Sun 12 July. 

Thomas’ Tea Party will feature a host of performers and special celebrity guests including BRIT award-winner Kate Nash and BAFTA winning actor Jessica Hynes. Audiences are encouraged to host their own socially distanced tea parties while they enjoy the performances at home.

The festival is completely free, but a suggested donation of £10 will help ensure that Soundabout is able to continue changing lives through music for another 25 years.