Cornwall joins Paris, New York, Moscow…


Cornwall Twestival LogoThis week, Cornwall will join cities around the world in a celebrating a Live Aid style series of charity events stretching  from Moscow to Mumbai,  Hong Kong to Houston. Global centres such as; London, Paris, New York and Milan will all celebrate their own ‘Twestival’ in a series of coordinated events all set to take place this Thursday evening (25th March).

In Cornwall, some of the Duchy’s top live music acts are set to play a night of live music at the Vertigo Bar in the centre of Truro, with renowned Cornish Indie band, The Hitchcock Rules, headlining. All proceeds from the events will go directly to the worldwide cause, Concern Worldwide, a humanitarian charity which helps transform the lives of the world’s poorest children through access to education.

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Cornwall Twestival will offer the opportunity to network with businesses and the wider community, as well as an exciting line up of Cornish musical talent. Cornwall will be hoping to beat off the competition to win the top spot in the South West, competiting with rival events scheduled to take place in Plymouth, Exeter and Bristol.

Business Cornwall, and its publishers, Tonick Media, are proud to support the event with a mixture of cash and media sponsorship. The event has been organised entirely by volunteers in a period of just three weeks, with many familiar faces from the Cornish business community involved in the planning.

Lead organiser, Matt Franks, Fluid Branding, said: “The Cornwall Twestival event sets to be a top night of live music at a great buzzy city centre bar and will help raise valuable funds for the nominated charity, Concern. We’re delighted to be able to announce a number of top up and coming acts performing on the evening and hope to keep adding even more to the lineup.

“Thanks to all the local businesses who have agreed to sponsor the event or donate auction prizes and to all of the organisers who are volunteering their time to make sure the event is one to remember. We’d be keen to hear from anyone who’d like to donate a prize for the auction to help us raise even more valuable funds.”

A range of national and local organisations have pledged to sponsor Cornwall Twestival Global 2010.  BMIBaby, Fluid Branding, Follett Stock, Mail Away, NetInsight, Niddocks Internet Marketing, Radix Communications, Talent Cornwall, Tonick Media, and University College Falmouth are all supporting the event. PR4Photos will be on hand to record the event as the official event photographers.

The event offers an opportunity for those within the local business community to join with other parts of the local community in a night of networking and entertainment. With tickets priced at just £10 to include a full night of entertainment, it is expected that many businesses will look to the opportunity for an office outing.

The Hitchcock Rules, is a self-styled “indie, rock, pop melting pot” whose 2008 album For My Monster was described by the RouteNote blog as a “fast-paced, stomping, pop-tastic, sing-along chorus-fest”, Perranporth-based The Hitchcock Rules have built up a large and loyal fan following since their foundation in 2004. Cornwall’s Stranger Mag has hailed The Hitchcock Rules as “a Cornish band to look out for. They are bound to get on and adorn student walls across the country.”

Other acts set to perform include Jessica Sweetman, a 20-year old singer/songwriter already being mentioned in the same breath as Duffy, Katie Melua, Pixie Lott and Norah Jones. Joining Jessica in the acoustic room is soul singer, Sophie Stokes who headlined last year’s Cornwall Twestival Local event and Sam Powell, who will perform a number of folk-inflected songs which have been described as “dark, atmospheric, and most strikingly beautiful”.

Throughout the evening a series of auction items donated by Cornish businesses will be auctioned off in a silent auction. Items already confirmed include:

  • Read the weather on Pirate FM’s ‘Bob McCreadie for Breakfast’
  • 3 x Yoga Sessions with Love Yoga Cornwall
  • A Pogoplug (

The Twestival concept, which started on the micro-blogging platform, Twitter, aims to connect people offline at the same time as raising money for worthy causes. The Cornwall Twestival event will get underway at 7.00pm.

For more information, or to buy a ticket priced at £10 per person, visit To keep up to date, make sure you follow Cornwall Twestival on Twitter on @TwestivalCor.

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