ROADMAP TO SUSTAINABLE TOURING is the first of our BACK LOUNGE workshops with Tour Production Group https://www.tourproductiongroup.co.uk/ – hosted by TPG Sustainability facilitator & tour/production manager Jamal Chalabi & tour/event manager Nathalie Candel. This session will teach the basics of sustainability on tour, from a small van tour to an arena-sized bus tour. We all have a part to play in making a difference to how we tour. To get up to speed register here. It’s FREE Wednesday 19 January 6-7.30pm London.
This week it’s ‘BE MORE PUNK’ on The BACK LOUNGE We’re just ahead of National Quitters Day- the day most people ditch their new year’s resolutions….if your aim this year was to drag your sorry arse off the couch and get fit, our guest Jimmy from RUNNING PUNKS https://www.runningpunks.com/ may help you find your mojo. It’s well proven that being accountable and being a part of a group helps you keep going. Running Punks are incredible & awesome individuals with a punk mentality and a thirst for life & self-improvement. If nothing else, listen to Jimmy’s album reviews whilst running. Here’s a man not afraid to wear pink. Join us for some inspiration whether you run or not. This is about staying motivated.
12th Jan 6pm London.
Looking to a shiny New Year on The BACK LOUNGE it’s ‘DIGITAL WELLNESS’.
Laura Willis shineoffline.com is our guest. How healthy is your relationship with social media, your email account or your phone? Do you shudder when you get weekly stats on the hours you spent online? Here’s your chance to free up more time in 2022 and get off to a great start. Wed 5th January 6pm London
It’s a check in this Wednesday Twixtmas on The BACK LOUNGE. No theme, just us having a catch up for a laid back one ✌️Goodbye 2021, you’re nearly behind us 🙏 All welcome Wednesday 29th Dec 6-7pm London
Join us next Wed for ‘NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS, IT’S CHRISTMAS’!!! ⭐️ Our esteemed guest is sound engineer & yoga teacher Becky Pell https://rocknrollyogi.com/ Kicking off at a later time of 7.30pm with a check in, then at 8pm it’s a 75min VERY GENTLE yin yoga (think nice stretch if yin means nothing to you) followed by a yoga nidra (think guided meditation & nice lie down). This is a session for everyone, experienced ‘at yoga’ or never tried it before. Zero lycra required. Mostly it’s a body brain reset in the aftermath of 2021 and everything it became. This will lower your heart rate and help you be ready to CHILL as the year winds down. If you find switching off hard, this could be just what you need. All welcome ❤ Wed 22nd Dec 7.30- 9.15pm London ✨
This Wednesday it’s ‘GLOBAL PTSD’ 🖤 on The BACK LOUNGE. Fed up, f***ed off or just can’t cope with more uncertainty? If so, it’s not just you. It’s clear we’re not out the woods yet.
Chris Madden, music industry psychotherapist https://chrismaddentherapy.com/ will be helping us talk this one out and find our way through ✌ ✊ Wed 8th Dec 6pm London
I feel very blessed to announce my little company Suzi Green Ltd & ‘Healthy Touring’ is one of 925 recipients who will benefit from the third round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund. This means The Back Lounge, the peer support group born out of the pandemic that’s gone from strength to strength these past 18 months, can continue to offer support and community for anyone who needs it. The funding also means we will soon be announcing 3 free further workshops, aiming to increase awareness around mental welfare, sustainability and diversity in our beloved music industry. All welcome #hereforculture
Next Wednesday on The BACK LOUNGE our esteemed guest is Wob Roberts, PM for the likes of Sam Smith, Robbie Williams and Chair of Tour Production Group – formed during the pandemic with the aim to make our industry better. Our topic is ‘AND NOW WHAT?’. The return to work has been uphill to say the least. You can read Wob’s recent comment here https://www.tpimagazine.com/im-deflated-about-how-the-industry-has-returned-to-work-tpg-chair-wob-roberts/
Wed 24th Nov 6pm GMT
Next Wednesday it’s a general check in on The BACK LOUNGE. ‘How are we?’ All welcome, whether you’ve been before or not. Seems like there’s been lots going on out there. Working like a dog or waiting for the phone to ring? Or wondering how you’re going to juggle it all next year if we really are back out good and proper. Joanne Croxford & Simon Schofield are the dream team in charge this week. DM me to join the zoom chat ✌
Wed 17th Nov 6pm GMT
Next Wednesday it’s ‘SUSTAINABILITY’ on The BACK LOUNGE. It’s definitely topical and ever more crucial we look at the impact of touring on the planet. Jamal Chalabi is our guest -www.backlashproductions.com and https://www.tourproductiongroup.co.uk/sustainability… – What can we do, whether you have a say in the big decisions, are a venue, supplier or want to know how you personally can step up. Wed 10th Nov 6pm GMT 🌎 All welcome 💚
It’s the B word next week on The BACK LOUNGE. The first hour is all things ‘BREXIT’ – special guest Ian Smith is a bit of an expert at deciphering the nonsensical – with 40 years in the industry & recently founding Ukeartswork.info – a free fact-checked info initiative to keep creatives working with minimal disruption after Brexit in both directions. Second hour is our usual hang out & check in about pretty much anything. All welcome for some or all of the session, whether you are unlucky enough to be in the UK currently or not. Wed 3 Nov 6pm GMT
Next week it’s ‘WORK ADDICTION’ on The BACK LOUNGE. Rife in the music industry where few of us live a 9-5 existence and boundaries as to when the work day ends are muddy to say the least. But is hiding in work one of the things that attracts us? Is being overly busy and overworked to the point of burnout a little too celebrated? Addiction specialist and psychotherapist Adrianna Irvine is our guest, and she’ll be helping us look at what lies beneath…DM me to join the zoom. Wednesday 27th October 6pm BST London