The Spotlight Festival

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Independent music platform Spotlight will this year go virtual, with a livestreamed event at Hackney’s Moth Club. The Spotlight Festival will focus on the independent music scene, with artists such as Bamily, Attawalpa, Malady, and Stella Talpo performing live at the event.

Spotlight began life early last year on Instagram’s longform video platform IGTV. Initially dedicated to showcasing international talent, the group’s first festival featured artists from Germany, Argentina, USA, Mexico, and the UK.

This year’s festival will focus solely on the domestic music scene, however, with the Hackney event thought to be the first in a series of Spotlight gigs.

“The purpose of Spotlight hasn’t wavered in its original objective: to give up-and-coming artists a chance to not only talk about their mutual love for music but to also revitalize the music scene after such a difficult year,” said a spokesperson for the new festival to the Hackney Gazette.

This year’s festival will be sponsored by the Goose Island Beer Company. The brewing giant have championed new music ever since they were established in Chicago in 1988.

To mark this year’s event, the brewery have developed a special beer, the Spotlight IPA, which is said to have ‘strong notes of grapefruit, orange and lime’ and a ‘hazy’ complexion.

Spotlight’s official brew will be available exclusively to Spotlight ticket holders with every ticket purchased coming with a 10% off code to use across Goose Island’s web shop. Proceeds from the sale of the drink will go to the Help Musicians charity.

The Spotlight Festival will take place on the 14th of February 2021 at 7.30pm. Tickets for the live stream on Bandcamp start at £10 and anyone wishing to view the concert will need to have a Bandcamp account.

You can find more information about the festival here.

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What: indie music festival
When: 14 Feb 2021 7.30pm
Where: online
Website: Bandcamp