UnLocked is the debut episode from People’s Music Collective (PMC), a band of adults on a journey towards mental health recovery, launching in June 2021 as part of Brighton Fringe.
An emotive, musical response to lockdown life and a living record of how the PMC came together online, determined to thrive creatively in the face of multiple lockdowns, UnLocked channels surreal inner meditations as well as outward frustrations, ultimately finding rays of hope on the horizon.
Hosted by digital venue Living Record, the launch will take the format of a 45-minute film, in which members of the PMC tell their story, and share how they have managed to keep the music flowing during lockdown, and the impact of music upon their mental health recovery.
Each track on the EP has its own music video which will be shown as part of the film.
The PMC is a programme facilitated by community music not-for-profit Soundcastle. Based in Worthing, the band celebrates the creativity, resilience, and voice of people on a journey towards mental health recovery.
Hannah Dunster, Soundcastle co-director, said: ‘The COVID-19 lockdowns have raised public awareness of the fragility of mental health when faced with loneliness, social isolation and grief. Through UnLocked the PMC shares a creative message of empathy, resilience and ultimately hope which draws from their own lived experience and celebrates marginalised community voices.’
People’s Music Collective member David said: ‘It has really helped me find something within me that I didn’t know existed, or that maybe I had forgotten – moments of beautiful harmony pop up in the most unexpected of places.’
People’s Music Collective is supported by Worthing Community Chest, the National Lottery Community Fund, Arts Council England, Sussex Community Foundation, and Baring Foundation.
UnLocked can be streamed online any day of the festival on 28th May–27th June 2021. Tickets are £6, which you can book online.