Posts Tagged ‘Music’
Our fabulous vInspired volunteers co-star alongside top celebs in the Taking Care Of Christmas mini-series.
We’re nothing if not skilled in the art of persuading people to go and volunteer for all the right reasons, and we were overjoyed that we managed to talk the likes of Lawson, Wretch 32, Goldierocks, Rickie and Melvin and Will Best into volunteering in their local communities this Christmas. Throw in a camera crew, a link up to 4Music, a whole host of delicious competitions and BAM – vInspired volunteers in your living room.
Who’s on when?
The series kicked off with boyband Lawson, who volunteered to entertain the residents of Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, followed by rapper Wretch 32 who volunteered to teach the art of music to the kids of Bristol, and presenting duo Rickie and Melvin’s debut as volunteers at Haringey Shed theatre group.
Schedule: (Freeview Channel 18, Sky Channel 360, Virgin Channel 330.)
Monday 10th December
9.10am: 4Music’s Christmas Carol
12.45pm: Wretch 32
4.35pm: Wretch 32
5.55pm: Wretch 32
Tuesday 11th December
12.30pm: Will Best
2.50pm: Will Best
5.55pm: Will Best
Wednesday 12th December
Thursday 13th December
11.50am: Rickie and Melvin
Tuesday 18th December
3.10pm 4Music’s Christmas Carol
All shows will be repeated on the 4Music channel throughout the festive season. Make sure you catch all five shows and find out how our celebrities did good through volunteering.
Watch carefully and win prizes!
There are tons of gifts and prizes to be won through the Taking Care Of Christmas series, so be sure to tune in or watch online to be in with a chance of taking home a truckload of freebies!
4Music are giving away £500 worth of Topshop vouchers to keep you bang on trend over the festive period. All you have to do is find the hidden Festive Fuzzy on their web pages. Keep your peepers peeled…
We’re giving away some loot of our own too! Keep an eye on the vInspired Facebook updates or tweets, answer our questions relating to each show and bag yourself some vInspired merchandise, all packed up nicely in a goody bag for 50 lucky winners.
Let’s kick off with a nice and easy way to win a vInspired goody bag right here: Check out the Taking Care Of Christmas trailer below and email an answer to firstname.lastname@example.org for the following question…
Which animal did Will Best feed during the Taking Care Of Christmas Trailer?
We’re ready for our close-up now!
Fancy doing something different this summer?
Oxfam recruit over 5000 volunteers a year to support the UK’s best festivals.
We spoke to Malorie Perry, 23 about how she got hooked on stewarding at festivals with Oxfam…
‘I first stumbled across festival stewarding 4 years ago when I was browsing the Oxfam website looking for volunteering opportunities. Being a penniless student at the time, an avid gig go-er and looking to do something for charity, this seemed perfect.
My first festival was Glastonbury, where Oxfam provide some 2000-plus stewards. I thought I would go by myself in an attempt to build my confidence and meet new people, I soon learnt that there are actually a lot of lone stewards, but you are certainly not lone for very long. It is so easy to get involved and everyone is so welcoming. At my first festival I met a lovely group of people and we have stewarded together every year since.
People of all background and ages
Volunteering-wise, all roles I have done involve the public, from checking tickets at the VIP vehicle gate at Glastonbury to wrist-banding at Download. Alongside loving the voluntary stuff, at every festival there is such a variety of stewards, experienced, new, young, old, children are even welcome to come along with their parents. My Mum is even hooked on Womad!
Admittedly the thought of three eight hour shifts in the rain did not exactly sound like a ball but I soon learnt that the shifts are loads of fun and add to the overall festival experience. Oxfam are always on hand with cups of tea in the pouring rain, sun cream when the sun decides to make an appearance or anything else you might need…. like crowns if there happens to be a Jubilee party… they really have thought of everything!
Making a difference has never been so much fun
The Oxfam campsite has excellent facilities, showers (with shorter queues), loos (with a much higher toilet to person ratio), you feel safe leaving your things in your tent and I have never been disappointed with the catering they provide. In fact, Nuts catering at Glastonbury is something I look forward to all year round.
At the end of the day you are making friends, having loads of fun whilst having the self satisfaction that you are helping raise money for an amazing charity. By yourself or with a group of friends I would recommend stewarding with Oxfam this summer and every summer’.
To sign up as an Oxfam steward visit www.oxfam.org.uk/stewarding to get access to amazing entertainment whilst getting hands on with fundraising for humanitarian projects.
We’re excited to announce that the winner of our MoS DJ Academy course competition is Koko Owusu!
Koko’s 18 years old and lives in London. She’ll be coming along to the Ministry of Sound DJ Academy on 31 August to learn skills and tips from some top-notch Ministry of Sound DJs. Well done Koko!
Here’s her winning comment:
Probably not reaaaally MoS style but NONETHELESS it would have to be
Sun Is Shining by Bob Marley (and do a mashup with either Jamie XX – Beat For/Far Nearer or could simply be the Bob Sinclair remix).
The song is ALL about sharing positivity, enjoying ourselves and living and loving life to the fullest no matter what. I think young volunteers would appreciate the message and most importantly love rocking out to this tune!
Why it was a winner…
We loved the song she chose to dedicate to young volunteers but more importantly, we loved the reasoning behind her song choice.
We too believed that young volunteers would appreciate the message of positivity behind this Bob Marley hit – and most importantly love rocking out to it!
Ministry of Sound DJ academy were particularly impressed with her mash up/remix idea for Sun Is Shining!
We teamed up with MoS DJ Academy to pick our top ten tracks from all the entries and complied a playlist for you all to download from our friends at fairsharemusic for £8.99 - with 50% of all profits donated back to vInspired to help us continue our work with young people.
Plus, everyone who entered the competition gets special discount- check your inboxes if you entered for your discount code!
Thanks to everyone who entered the competition and helped create the playlist. Enjoy!
Update: The deadline for entries for the prize draw has now passed. Thanks to everyone who submitted their awesome ideas!
Calling all budding DJs!
Our friends at Ministry of Sound DJ Academy are offering one lucky volunteer the chance to attend their one day Introduction to DJing course (worth £250) on Friday 25th May 2012!
The winner will be trained at legendary London super club Ministry of Sound by some of the biggest DJs in the business; with full behind the scenes access to all four of the clubs’ DJ booths throughout the day.
The course is specifically designed for beginner and intermediate DJs and covers everything from basic techniques to advanced DJ skills.
You’ll get expert advice from legendary DJ’s in dance music history, a goody bag with CDs, VIP passes to the club and a certificate.
Plus you’ll get the chance to submit a mix to the DJ Academy team for the chance to be selected to play at one of our exclusive new talent events at the club!
Sam Barlow, DJ Academy Manager, explains why they’re running the competition:
‘Here at Ministry of Sound DJ Academy we have two main focuses: number one, educating the next generation of future DJs, and number two, discovering this generation’s new and upcoming talent.
“We’ve put together this really special competition to give young people who deserve it most, the opportunity to get behind the decks and spin their favourite tracks on THE BEST night club sound system on the planet!’
To be in with a chance to win this EPIC prize, just answer the following question by posting a comment on this blog post:
You’re DJing at Ministry of Sound and are asked to dedicate a song to all the young volunteers in the crowd – what song would you dedicate to them and why?
The closing date for entries is Tuesday 15 May. Our judging panel will select the most inspiring answer and the winner will be announced here next week. Get your DJ thinking caps on!
To enter you must be:
Please be sure to read our full terms & conditions before entering
For details on the course, please visit the Ministry of Sound DJ Academy website: http://www.ministryofsound.com/club/dj-academy/courses/