The vibrations eminating from the loss of The Prodigy's Keith Flint were huge, with floods of posts on social media memorialising him coming from across the globe, the mass of tributes emerging from the public, celebrities, and members of the global music community alike.
The Cause - London's DIY, underground dance space - is the first of events tomorrow Sat 16th March, with UK-wide fundraisers in Keith's honour. His death last week received wiespread mainstream coverage, with suicide being the very sad and likely cause. 100% of ticket sales going to partner charities dedicated to improving mental health and preventing suicide, with 50% to The CALMzone and 50% to Mind.
Having raised £5,500 already, the music industry has rallied together to put together this UK tour aiming to raise as much money as possible to bring the discussion of mental health, both in music and everyday life, to the forefront of the world’s consciousness.
The tour is a UK-wide celebration of the music Keith and The Prodigy inspired across the globe over three successful decades of innovation and consistent relevance. Local heroes will play alongside those who, over the years of Prodigy's reoccuring dominance, shared many a line up with Keith and The Prodigy. Artists including A Guy Called Gerald, Nookie, Jumping Jack Frost, Doc Scott, Ragga Twins, Ellis Dee and Slipmatt to name a few.
All artists performing throughout the tour will perform 100% for free.
The Prodigy are a British dance music collective originating from the county of Essex, often classed in the same bracket as time honoured UK electronic music acts such as Aphex Twin, The Chemical Brothers and Fatboy Slim. Having arrived to critical acclaim with their debut record 'Experience' then further aroused expectation with their 2nd LP 'Music For The Jilted Generation', they went on to conquer both the the UK and US charts with their masterpeice third album 'Fat of The Land' in 1997, with two of its track becoming number one singles, 'Breathe' and 'Firestarter'. With four further studio albums under their belt culminating in the recent LP 'No Tourists', The Prodigy dominated both the NME Awards and MTV Video & Music Awards ceremonies in the late nineties., a huge feat in itself.
Keith (Keef) Flint, original member of the unquestionably seminal dance music band, passed away March 2018, with suicide being reported as the likely cause of death. His energy and prescence across three decades of The Prodigy's music often not only informed UK youth culture, but literally fuelled it. A loss to the nation and the culture crossing world of music, his neo-punk influence as part of The Prodigy will be felt for decades to come.
All of Prodigy's tour dates have been cancelled with immediate effect.
With suicide being the biggest killer of males in the UK over the age of 45, the proceeds of the event will be going straight to charities raising awareness for mental health and wellbeing.
R.I.P Keef Flint (1969-2019)
For more information, tickets and updates around the tour, click here
For those unable to attend but still wishing to support, you can donate to the event's Justgiving page here.
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100% of ALL profits from tickets to this event AND bar revenue will go to charity
contributing writer @Phillytea