Warm up with this charity fundraiser

Dan Carney invites people to an all-day DJ festival in aid of a local charity

Byrd Out

Revelers at Byrd Out’s fundraiser for charity Mind last year

If you’re looking for something to do to banish that familiar January malaise and kick-start 2017, then look no further than Ravenswood for Eat or Heat.

The all-day DJ festival – organised by Walthamstow promoters Byrd Out in aid of local food bank Eat or Heat, a charity set up to help feed people struggling to make ends meet – takes place on Saturday 21st January. It’s held across four venues on the Ravenswood Industrial Estate, namely the Wildcard Brewery, God’s Own Junkyard, Mother’s Ruin Gin Palace, and the new Pillars Brewery.

The line-up confirmed so far sees established names, such as drum’n’bass legend Fabio, The Orb’s Alex Paterson, and Tom Furse (keyboardist with Mercury nominees The Horrors), rub shoulders with faces from the steadily expanding local music scene such as More News From Nowhere, Kat Richmond (Electronic 17), Wildcard disco favourites Eastern Front, and Mark Hart (These Days).

The event follows successful Byrd Out fundraisers in 2016 for Médécins Sans Frontières and Mind and is being supported by local businesses such as Stow Brothers, Sodo, Wynwood Art District, Perky Blenders, and The Vinyl Lab. Entry to all venues will be free, although there will be donation buckets at the event. Alternatively, you can donate online.

Byrd Out’s Stephen Vitkovitch says: “The event will have a mini-festival vibe, with big names such as The Orb’s Alex Paterson in the afternoon to help keep it as child-friendly as possible, then shifting up a gear towards the likes of Fabio in the evening.

“Eat or Heat is a great charity to raise money for, meeting a need in the local community, and given it’s a small operation, the cash should make a big difference.”

For more information

Visit facebook.com/events/1870127033222430

To donate to Eat or Heat

Visit mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/e17-eatorheat-21jan2017