BURBANK, CA – MARCH 17: (L-R) Musicians Taylor Hawkins, Dave Grohl, Chris Shiflett and Pat Smear perform onstage during the Foo Fighters SONIC HIGHWAYS album celebration hosted by Chelsea Handler on the Honda Stage at the iHeartRadio Theater on March 17, 2015 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia).
YouTube Music and the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) announce Save Our Stages Festival, #SOSFEST, a three-day virtual music festival featuring all original content on Friday, October 16 through Sunday, October 18! The Foo Fighters will play Saturday (10/17) at 7:35 pm PT, so click here to find the full schedule and details. The festival will be hosted by Reggie Watts and feature performances from 35 artists recorded live from more than 25 iconic independent concert venues across the United States, including a set by G-Eazy at The Independent in San Francisco, a NIVA member venue.
These artists join YouTube and NIVA to amplify the message of NIVA’s Save Our Stages advocacy efforts and raise funds for its nationwide, need-based grant program to provide relief to these important members of the independent music, comedy, and arts community. #SOSFEST will live stream in its entirety on NIVA’s Official YouTube Channel with segments simultaneously airing on performers’ Official Artist YouTube Channels. Fans can donate directly to the NIVA Emergency Relief Fund, which benefits independent venues in peril, on NIVA’s Official YouTube Channel now.
“For nearly seventeen years, The Independent has played an essential role in the development of artists’ careers and the ecosystem of San Francisco nightlife. This shutdown has not only impacted the thousands of workers that depend on live events for their livelihood but has had negative ripple effects on the neighborhood and city economy, creative community, and live music fans,” said Allen Scott, President of Concerts and Festivals at Another Planet Entertainment. “We are thrilled to join in the effort with fellow independent venues across the country to bring awareness to this dire situation and get us one step closer to our common goal of bringing the music back.”