Local charity launches music festival to support emerging artists

Proceeds from the festival will go towards music-related causes, including music and art studies for disadvantaged children.

All images: Provided by Magda Pearce

It’s been a tough couple of years for local and emerging artists in the live music scene. Adelaideans love a good live music gig, especially when it’s for a good cause.

Presented by media identity Rebecca Morse, budding local artists can finally take the stage again as a mini music festival called Beats for Wu launches on Wednesday 16 February in North Adelaide.

The all-ages event will feature Stefan Rossi, DJ Laebaqq, Yorke Heath, Samuleson, Ethanrip, AJ Curtis and more.

Finally! A chance to have a few beers, crank a few tunes and make the most of the good weather. And the best part? Ticket proceeds will fund music and art studies for disadvantaged children, as well as help emerging artists and musicians, make it in the industry. Now that’s something we can get around!

The music festival is being organised by the charitable foundation Beats for Wu, Lukasz Foundation, which is launching on the same day. The foundation has been made in honour of local muso Lukasz Klosowski and girlfriend Chelsea Ireland, who both tragically died in 2020.

Lukasz’s mother, Magda Pearce, said music was his life and music continues to be the best way to honour his memory.

“He absolutely loved music. Music was always a part of his life. That’s when he was the happiest,” Magda said.

Logo and event program designed by
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Proceeds from ticket sales will go towards funding music therapy research at UniSA to improve community mental health and wellbeing, as well as help young people affected by trauma.

“It’s really important that we provide children and young people who experience trauma all the tools we can to build resilience and confidence,” Magda said.

“Music therapy is not as researched. That’s one of the things we’ll try to support and explore.”

Adelaide creatives have been rallying to help make the event a success.

“There’s been amazing support from people I’ve met and haven’t met before all reaching out and wanting to help,” Magda said.

“I’ve never organised an event like this before, so it’s been amazing how wonderful and generous people have been.”

So why not come by Carclew House on Wednesday 16 February for some good tunes, good vibes, and good causes.

Find out more about Beats for Wu on Facebook. Click here for tickets.  

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