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south London event to tackle social issues in the community

GOOD DEEDS: #DoSomethingForNothing

THE PREMISE is a simple one; do something that helps your community for free.

That was the motivation for Joshua Coombes, DJ Anthony ‘Play’ Douglas and Phil Kemish who are the driving force behind Good Vibes, a day of live music, community connection and acts of kindness set to take place on July 1 at Pop Brixton.

The brainchild of Coombes, founder of global social movement Do Something For Nothing, he said encouraging people to be compassionate and providing an environment for them to do so was key to his vision.

He said: “I’m passionate about encouraging and inspiring people to carry out acts of kindness. Thanks to the brilliant team at Pop Brixton, Good Vibes gives us a platform to reach out to as many people as possible and give them a chance to be equally compassionate in their own way in their community.”

Various activities will take place throughout the day, with proceedings kicking off with Wellness Vibes, two hours of yoga, fitness, wellness and meditation sessions. There will also be Acoustic Vibes, a chance for the community to shine with emerging acts, competitions and spoken word.

In the afternoon, Live Vibes, an ever-growing mass of DJs, percussion acts and live performances will precede the closing Party Vibes, which will feature surprise guests and back-to-back special guests, DJs and performers.

With music being a central theme for the day, the Good Vibes team have partnered with Brixton Youth Council and Groove School to enable local young people to also work on the event and take to the stage to support some of the established talent.

From local talent right through to internationally acclaimed artists, Good Vibes is set to serve up a number of surprises for music fans.

Play explained: “Growing up in Brixton I saw how music connected people. Good Vibes allows us to bring people together and spread those vibes; from our youth right through to our older generations. “Everyone is welcome as we look to strengthen our local community.”

Music and youth events specialist Kemish added: “After meeting hairdresser and founder of #DoSomethingForNothing Joshua Coombes last year, and hearing about his amazing desire to positively impact people’s lives by offering free haircuts to the homeless, I wanted to see if we could create an event which would inspire our whole community to follow suit and create positive social change.”

Coombes added: “Social change starts with inspiring individuals, influencing communities and impacting culture. This is something we need now and it’s something we all have the power to achieve.”

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