DJ legends Graeme Park and Judge Jules help raise cash for hospital by live streaming dance music event



DJ legends Graeme Park and Judge Jules helped raise more than £7,000 for Staffordshire’s biggest hospital during a Facebook charity gig.

‘Golden Live’ – a dance music event featuring DJs in their own homes – attracted a reported half a million viewers around the world when it was streamed live on the social media site.

Many donated to the University Hospital of the North Midlands NHS Trust charity – swelling the coffers of its Covid-19 support fund.

Now the North Staffordshire-based organisers have started putting together a similar fundraising gig for Saturday, May 2 from midday to 2am.

James Camm, who took on the running of the Golden brand in November, said: “The response has been out of this world and we couldn’t have expected it to have gone better.

“Official figures show we reached more than 500,000 people online. People tuned in from all over the world including New Zealand, the USA, Europe and the Middle East.

“UHNM Trust’s charity has told us we raised around £7,000.”

Golden started at Peppers nightclub in Newcastle during the early 1990s before moving to The Academy in Hanley which later became The Void.

It has recently been revived and the live streaming came about after a planned gig had to be cancelled.

Hacienda legend Graeme Park said: “It was great live streaming and interacting in real time with the audience. It felt slightly odd DJing on my own, but as soon as the comments appeared online I felt connected to everyone. It was also good to help raise money for the UHNM Trust charity.”

London-based Judge Jules said: “To see more than 100k people view my stream was just insane coupled with the money they raised for the NHS made the whole thing well worthwhile.”

The DJs already lined up for Golden Live 2 will include Staffordshire and Cheshire based James Camm, Pete Bromley, Bob’s Disco and Lee Jordon, as well as many who took part in the first gig.

James said: “As before, the next date will be a free-to-view live-stream. We had a few attempts from scammers trying to add links to the ‘Official Golden’ page which suggested people needed to pay.

“Should those links appear again, people should ignore them and only use the UHNM ‘Just Giving’ page to make a donation.”

Plans are also in progress for a weekly podcast called the ‘Golden Lockdown’ which will be broadcast every Saturday from 7pm on the ‘Official Golden’ page and hosted by James Camm and BBC Radio Stoke’s Vicky Norton.

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