Given To Live - Changing Lives One Gig At A Time.
Cycling to Amsterdam, onto Download Festival to raise funds to change lives with the GTL gift of live music.
That’s Bristol to Amsterdam to Download Festival. It’s over 400 miles, Ewa is joining me from Reading and she’s cycling over 300 miles.
Leaving Bristol on the 3rd of June, stopping in Devizes, Reading, London, Chelmsford, Harwich then arriving in Amsterdam on the 8th. Route up to Download tbc.
At GTL we use live music to celebrate and honour the life of the person we take to a show. To create an experience that tells that person they matter whatever they are going through, or have been going through, in their life.
When GTL takes someone to a show it’s always who they want to see, not where we can find a free ticket. Sometimes that might involve traveling to Paris as we did for the wonderful Steven, a
14yo who had suffered terrible bullying simply for being a little different as he has autism. He wanted to see Ghost and their amazing stage show, they weren’t playing in the UK so off to Paris we went and Steven saw Ghost headline and traveled abroad for the first time. Nicky is heading to Amsterdam
to see Eddie Vedder. A survivor of domestic abuse to see Eddie Vedder in Amsterdam is a healing circle for her. We’re taking her daughter, Ellie, to see Andy Black.
We have artists create show posters for everyone we take to a show, their show, their poster. Another way we tell that person that matter.
In June GTL is taking Nicky to Eddie Vedder and the following weekend, Anthony, who is living with depression, to see Slipknot at Download. And while GTL is providing all the transport for them we’re choosing to cycle from the office in Bristol to Amsterdam then back to the UK and up to Download Festival.
We’re asking you to donate, to help Given To Live say yes to taking more people to shows so the least we can do is put the hard yards, or hard hundreds of miles, in.
GTL accompanies at every show, covers the costs of tickets, accommodation, travel, merch, meals. We don’t want the person we’re taking to a show to have a single worry, simply enjoy the show.
GTL has taken people to see Pearl Jam, Slipknot, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Foo Fighters, Ed Sheeran, Stereophonics, A7X, Ghost and many more. The people we’ve taken to shows have had many challenges including autism, depression, terminal illness, domestic violence, teen cancer, MS, complex learning difficulties, physical disabilities, cerebral palsy.
Please donate what what you can, if you can so we say yes to more shows.