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Olivia Grist

Olivia is going into her second year of Journalism at the University of South Wales and provides online content for Bro Radio.

An online charity event is set to take place on Saturday in support of Tŷ Hafan after lockdown restrictions cancelled their yearly fundraiser. 

Set up by a local musician and her husband, the event will replace the one usually organised by the charity themselves. 

‘Summer Festival in Aid of Tŷ Hafan,’ will stream on Facebook between 12pm and 11pm on Saturday 4th July.

The event organiser from Sully, Vale of Glamorgan, said: “We set up the event for Tŷ Hafan because they are missing theirs."

With just two days before the event takes place, they have already raised £500 but hope the figure will double by Saturday.  

Donations can be made through the event’s Just Giving page and those who contribute will automatically qualify for an online raffle. 

There will be a mixture of local and international musicians taking part, as well as comedians and circus acts. 

Local musician, Patsy Hunt, decided to take part as she felt it was a great way to raise money for the charity whilst bringing the community together.

She said: “It’s been a challenging time for charities during lockdown because they rely on their shops for income. 

“For Tŷ Hafan, over a quarter of their income comes from retail. 

“An online event is a great because people can get involved wherever they are.” 

You can watch the event live from 12pm Saturday, 4th of July, on the ‘Summer Festival in Aid of Tŷ Hafan’ Facebook page. 

Residents of the Vale of Glamorgan have been celebrating Glastonbury Festival despite the event being cancelled. 

This weekend was supposed to mark the festival’s 50th anniversary but in March it was announced it was no longer taking place due to COVID-19.  

In a statement released on the official Glastonbury social media accounts, organisers Michael and Emily Eavis said: “We are so sorry to announce this, but we are going to have to cancel Glastonbury 2020.  

“Tickets for this year will roll over to next year.” 

A full statement was released on their website.  

In May the BBC revealed they would be broadcasting classic Glastonbury sets across TV, radio and online to celebrate the anniversary.  

Despite there being no physical festival to attend this weekend, many have still been celebrating in style by putting on their own socially distanced festival or BBQ.  

Lucy Mills, from Barry, celebrated in her garden with friends. 

She said: “We’ve been a few times [to Glastonbury], but this year none of us managed to get tickets, so we’d planned to get together anyway.  

“Even though there was social distancing in place, we still managed to have a great night.  

“It started to rain too so it really was like being at Glastonbury!” 

Firefighter, Steven Brown, always takes time off work to watch the festival but this year was slightly more meaningful as he was able to spend it with loved ones who he hadn’t been able to see due to lockdown restrictions.  

He said: “We’re all key workers and it felt like the best way to get together after months of being apart.” 

Glastonbury Festival will now take place in 2021 where the 50th Anniversary celebrations will continue.  

COVID-19 has put most musicians’ careers on hold – but for Indie band Yellow Lines, it’s just the beginning.  

Mason Guthrie, 17 and Lewis Gardner, 21, from Barry, decided the extra time they had in lockdown would be the perfect opportunity to set up a band.  

I spoke to the band’s vocalist and guitarist, Mason, about why now was the right time and what it’s like starting out during a global pandemic. 

“We’ve been friends for six or seven years, but only decided to start a band recently after finding a common interest in what music we like. 

“It started as a hobby really.” 

Only a month after forming, the duo has already released two singles on Spotify - ‘Messy Bun’ and ‘The Love Bottle.’  

But because of current government restrictions they haven’t been able to get into a studio, so all their music has been recorded and produced using smartphones and a laptop. Interestingly, they’ve never performed together physically either.  

Talking about the challenges they faced, Mason said: “We were surprised how well the music turned out because of the circumstances, but we do want to re-record the songs once lockdown is over. 

“It would be easier if we could be together instead of just Facetiming – our ideas would bounce off each other more.” 

However, they haven’t let that stop them as Mason tells me they have a new EP which will be released by October this year.   

When asked if he thinks being in a duo makes them different to other bands these days, he said: “I’d say so, yeah.  

“I also think it makes it easier too because there’s less opinions. 

“So many good bands have faded away because of disagreements.” 

Despite their music falling in the ‘indie’ genre, the boys are both studying musical theatre - which made me question why they chose that style of music for the band. 

“I think it’s because we both love Pink Floyd and another Welsh singer called Martin Joseph. 

“They definitely inspired our music, which makes it easy to change from the two genres.” 

But that isn’t all, Lewis is also a Welsh Beatboxing Champion, which the pair hope to include in their music when they get into a studio.  

So, what’s next for the band? 

“We hope to grow our following and keep making music.  

“There’s a few gigs we have penciled in when lockdown is over too, but most importantly we want to come out of this with good mental health.  

“It’s so easy for us to spend all our time on our phones because there’s nothing else to do at the moment – the band has been a great distraction.” 

You can keep up with Yellow Lines on Instagram (@yellowlinesofficial,) and listen to ‘Messy Bun’ and ‘The Love Bottle’ on Spotify.  

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