Online festival to raise spirits and raise funds for Mind

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Thrive Hive Fest online festival


Thrive Hive Fest 2021 to stream online 6-7 February 2021

With the winter lockdown leading many employees to experience mental health issues and significant extra stress, a workplace wellbeing specialist is organising an online festival to raise spirits and to raise funds for the mental health charity, Mind.


Organised by Paul Wolstenholme, founder of Pathlight Ltd, Thrive Hive Fest will be streamed online on the weekend of 6-7 February, 2021. Tickets cost £10, each of which will raise much-needed funds for the Tameside, Oldham & Glossop branch of Mind, which has been overwhelmed with referrals for mental health support since the pandemic began.

Thrive Hive Fest line-up poster

The stellar line-up for Thrive Hive Fest

The virtual festival will feature an eclectic range of established and up-and-coming bands, solo artists and poets from Greater Manchester and further afield, plus film and dance.  All artists have agreed to support the festival free of charge in order to maximise the charitable donation.

“This festival brings together two of my greatest passions: music and mental health.”

Paul notes: “The challenges of working from home, home-schooling, money worries and stricter governmental restrictions have seen record numbers of people feeling the strain of isolation, stress, anxiety and depression. There is help available, though. Mind offers a range of services to support mental health and wellbeing through the pandemic and beyond. That’s why so many people have been eager to help. 

“This festival brings together two of my greatest passions: music and mental health.  The idea came from a conversation I had in Pathlight Thrive Hive, a Facebook group set up at the start of the pandemic. It offers free support, connection and inspiration around issues of mental health and holistic wellbeing.  I feel so energised, proud and humbled by the support of all the superb artists and kindly volunteers who are gifting their time to this cause!” 

Banishing the lockdown blues with ‘fantastic line-up’ of artists  

Sid CooperSid Cooper, frontman of Manchester band LOAstate, says: “I’m really excited to be part of this festival’s fantastic line-up.  Raising awareness and promoting positive mental health is more crucial now than ever. The uplifting, connecting power of music is a great way to do that so I’m proud to be helping to banish the lockdown blues that so many people are feeling.

Line-up and social media

Details of other artists appearing will be released on Thrive Hive Fest’s social media channels:

Twitter: @Hive_Festival and Facebook: Thrive Hive Online Fest. Tickets are available via the Pathlight website:



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