In this article we have a preview and review of the Beat:Cancer 2019 album (Scroll down), the history of Beat:Cancer, an interview with the founder of B:C Mark Haigh (DJ Kark), and much more!
What is Beat:Cancer?
Beat:Cancer is a charity formed to help fight cancer through funding research, treatment, screening and care using electronic music: We release music, run club nights, host gigs and organise festivals to raise money, which we then grant to worthy institutions such as hospices, research centres and treatment wards.
We are a registered UK Charity (number 1169212) run entirely by unpaid volunteers who are passionate about using great music to save lives.
Since forming in 2012 with the humble beginnings of a small Halloween fundraiser in Peterborough and 100 copies of Beat:Cancer v1 we have produced CD, cassette and digital compilations, totalling 11 CDs of cancer kicking music: all donated by fantastic artists around the world. Our releases are the perfect take home companion to the festivals, club-nights and gigs we run across the UK. Beat:Cancer has found a home in the hearts of fans, allowing us to host artists such as Memmaker, The Gothsicles, ESA, Freakangel, iVardensphere and Sirus.
Next month heralds our biggest event yet: B:C Fest v2.0 – 9 bands from around the world, top class DJs throughout and till dawn - and of course a stonking raffle! It’s on Saturday 9th November from 6pm at our spiritual home: Slimelight, London. Limited numbers of tickets are still available at beatcancer.info/live, along with the new CD, featuring 17 exclusive and unreleased tracks from across the alt electronic spectrum!
What’s it all for?
The profits from all our work goes to carefully selected not for profit benefactors:
Research centres that fit with our ethical beliefs and are pushing science to it’s limits to improve screening, treatment and hopefully create cures.
Care and treatment centres that really deserve and need every penny they can get, to give patients the best quality of life and chance of survival possible.
Who are we?
We are all in this because this cause matters to us personally, as it sadly does to so many people around the world; cancer is a disease that touches far too many families.
Kark started the first compilation as a reaction to a loss of a friend after a long struggle with cancer. Since then we’ve grown and pushed harder and further each year in reaction to the fantastic response from Industrial/Electronic music fans across the UK.
This balances with our love and passion for the music we use in our fight against cancer: various members of our team are in bands, are DJs and promote other events across the UK (BeinE, D.E.P & Karkasaurus to name a few). Most importantly we all give our time for free, effectively running second jobs to do the best we can for the fans, and for the worthy benefactors we support.
We are lucky enough to be partnered with AnalogueTrash Records, and this year are again working closely with Digital World Audio and the acclaimed Infest Festival; we consider ourselves a part of the industrial and alt electronic community and strive to keep that at the core of our fundraising.
From the end of this year we will be on a hiatus: after 7 years it’s time for a break, to take stock, give bands and DJs a rest from being badgered by Kark for exclusive tracks and shows. We’ll still be around, in our own projects and working with promoters around the UK to put on “In Aid Of Beat:Cancer” events, much like those Khronology and Cosmic have held previously. And you’ll be able to get all our releases on bandcamp and across digital media in time for Christmas, and going onwards from then! Artwork credits: All gig photos Oh Shi Photography. All CD artwork Vlad McNeally. All posters Kohl/Kark
Interview with B:C founder Mark (Kark):
Q. What has been your favourite moment with B:C over the last seven years?
A. That is the most difficult question I can imagine! I mean getting to perform live with Memmaker at B:C Fest 1 was amazing, but then so was filling a DIY backroom to a pizza bar in Liverpool with 4 awesome UK acts makes my heart swell. It’s been a constant and evolving joy for me.