Everton's first virtual music event has proved a huge hit, with thousands of pounds already raised for the Club and Everton in the Community's Blue Family campaign.
Acts including The Wombats, Kieran Shudall of Circa Waves and DMA'S frontman Tommy O'Dell were among those to perform as part of Lockdown Sessions 2020 when it premiered across Everton's social media channels on Friday night.
The event, which also saw performances from Keith Mullin of The Farm, Red Rum Club, Zuzu, She Drew The Gun, Howie Payne, SPINN, RATS, and Sunship Balloon, drew a large audience, with Evertonians and fans of the respective bands from across the globe joining together to enjoy the feast of music and support the Blue Family initiative.
The line-up, which included a number of Evertonians, was brought together by Everton and music industry specialists Shoot Music.
Amanda Holden, Tony Bellew, Tim Cahill, Graeme Sharp, Leon Osman, Kevin Kilbane and Izzy Christiansen were among those to introduce bands and artists on the night.
Viewers were encouraged to donate and help Everton and Everton in the Community continue to support some of the most isolated and vulnerable members of society being affected by the current coronavirus pandemic.
Here's how fans reacted to Lockdown Sessions 2020...
Mikey D: This is amazing. First time hearing Rats. Lyrical melody/guitar is giving me goosebumps. Stunning. Thank you Everton. And, of course, Rats!
Nosaj: Wombats, DMA'S, Circa Waves, She Drew The Gun! Class! Up the Toffees.
Brilliant stuff. Everyone involved was fantastic 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼COYB!— Johnnie H (@jhally21) May 22, 2020
KelvisB: Great musicians on show throughout, well done Blue Family. Look forward to the Goodison Gig next!! C.O.Y.B
Hazel McGuinness: This is absolutely boss! So much local talent 💙 Proud to be a Blue. Thank you
Quality that Everton on every level bit of everything, loved it— The Grand Old Lady (@Toffeeism_) May 22, 2020
Lizi Munro: Just donated. Thank you for everything you do for the community and supporters, and thanks for entertaining us during lockdown! 💙💙💙
Vince Gilbride: That was brilliant! Well worth a donation from a QPR fan!
That was sooo fantastic and totally loved @shedrewthegun ‘s version of Timeless Melody thanks 💙— Christine Spriggs (@Chris_Spriggs) May 22, 2020
What is Blue Family?
Blue Family is Everton’s coordinated outreach and engagement campaign to maintain contact with fans and provide vital support and assistance to some of the most vulnerable, socially isolated and at-risk members of the community in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
In the eight weeks since the launch of the campaign, 4,000 vulnerable people and families have been supported by Blue Family.
Club and charity staff, Everton’s men and women’s players and Ambassadors have also made more than 2,000 check-in phone calls to those in social isolation, while a referral service for access to Everton in the Community’s support provision has received more than 500 applications for support and assistance for individuals between the ages of 18 and 103.
Everton in the Community staff have delivered nearly 1,500 emergency food parcels and distributed emergency foodbank vouchers to individuals and families living across Liverpool, in addition to purchasing and delivering utilities and phone vouchers, medical prescriptions for the elderly, and medicines for a terminally ill child.