As part of BBC Music Day, Bloom Building and Merseyrail Sound Station are hosting Below The Water – Music and Wellbeing in partnership with Future Yard Festival. The evening will feature performances and talks on staying mentally well in the music industry from local artists and staff from the Open Door Centre (ODC) as well as Be Well.

Central to the event will be a collaborative performances of Below The Waterline, a track originally composed by NEWS FROM NEPTUNE (artist David Miller, who volunteers at ODC). Artists ASTLES, AMBER JAY and THE BLURRED SUN BAND have all contributed their responses to the piece which explores themes of mental health and wellbeing.


Below The Waterline launches ODC’s new Bazaar: A Marketplace For The Mind For Musicians. The innovative and creative therapeutic intervention, that is proven to significantly reduce symptoms of depression and/ or anxiety by utilising cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness. The initiative places musicians with mentors who have experience in the industry and takes them through tools for coping with the mental strain of the business of music.

As part of the event, Astles, Amber Jay and The Blurred Sun Band, who have all taken part in the Merseyrail Sound Station artist development programme will play short sets of their own material before performing the central piece. Guests will be greeted with News From Neptune performing the original track and there’ll be chance to network at the close.



The evening in Birkenhead forms part of Future Yard’s events programme which follows the success of the festival on the August Bank Holiday Weekend this year. Future Yard looks to support local musicians by providing live opportunities as well as resources for navigating the music industry. More events are due to be announced later in the year.

Below The Waterline – Programme

5.30pm Arrival and News From Neptune performance of Below The Waterline
6pm Introduction by Bloom Building
6.05 Performance by Astles
6.15 Seminar on ‘The Challenges of Staying Mentally Well in a Modern Music Industry’
6.30 Performance by Amber Jay
6.40 Launch of Bazaar : ‘A Marketplace for the Mind : By Musicians, for Musicians’
6.55 Performance by Blurred Sun band
7.05 Drinks / Networking – News From Neptune performs Below The Waterline as exit backdrop

A short seminar on Staying Well In The Modern Music Industry will delve into the challenges musicians far when pursuing a career in music.

To book a place at Below The Waterline sign up via the Eventbrite page now as space is limited.

Below The Waterline at Bloom Building starts at 5.30pm on Thursday 26th September.

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