How the World Has Changed

A strange new world…

How the world has changed in 2 months! As the COVID-19 issue accelerated in March REM at our regular venue was postponed only days before the UK went into lockdown. The severity of the situation escalating knocked everybody for sure.

Even tragic situations need every opportunity exploring and any way spirits could be kept up was a great idea. At the beginning of May, the concept of taking Vinylsessions online was investigated, team members Colin & Jim looked at platforms but the concept of playing live vinyl in high quality over the internet brought challenges. Fortunately, local IT & Server expert Ross Lee joined in and we set up the Nidd Stream server for just that purpose.

Now our events work on 2 platforms – Zoom for the presentations and video show then playback of the live vinyl on Nidd Stream, it can be a challenge but we have kept the virtual social interaction and fun of Vinylsessions events intact! It’s great.

Having the audio streamer server set another idea in motion for lockdown nights – Online radio, Colin’s first show 4 weeks ago was a great success! 2 hours of great hits all live from vinyl. Since then top local soul DJ Ian Smith has joined for a Saturday night show and our latest addition is Dave King for an amazing “Hits & Headlines” show on Fridays.

All in all, the show has gone on and we have raised over £600 for Friends of Harrogate Hospital and hope in some small way the team has kept spirits up in these strange and worrying times.

Stay safe and well.

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