Next month, friends of Chris Bevington will be dusting off the cookery books and binge-watching Come Dine with Me episodes as they prepare to host a series of synchronised dinner parties in aid of CBF. Instead of bringing a bottle, guests at each party are being asked to donate to CBF. Cooking for Crispy organiser and CBF Trustee Lucinda Pullinger said: “Chris would have liked nothing more than this of an evening; he loved hanging out with his mates. It’s a simple concept, come along for dinner, have a fun night with friends and raise vital funds to help transform young lives through music."
Laithwaites in Surbiton are kindly sponsoring the event. If you would like to join us in hosting a dinner party in aid of CBF, please contact us via the CBF homepage.
Kustom Vibes, a CBF-funded talent night run by the youth music charity Audio Active, celebrated its third birthday in front of a packed crowd this week. Kustom Vibes takes place every month at the Rose Hill Tavern in Brighton, providing an all-important space for young people of all ages to perform in front a crowd, many for the first time. After the event, CBF Trustee Sam Haddad said: “I was blown away with the performances tonight and I think Chris would have been too; he would have especially loved the open mic synch. Kustom Vibes is a reminder of how much talent there is out there, that would be overlooked if it wasn’t for charities such as Audio Active. To see young people arrive looking shy and nervous, then perform with such poise and pride, was an amazing thing.”
For future events visit Audio Active’s Facebook page .
Crashes, traffic jams and brutal hills were just some of the challenges CBF Trustee Matthew Felwick had to overcome while cycling in this year’s RideLondon event. Over 25,000 people took part in the 100 mile-sportive, which is held on closed roads in London and Surrey. Matthew smashed his fundraising target of £500 securing an amazing £1,980 for CBF. He said: “It was an amazing event. And seeing Chris’s family and friends cheering along the route gave me all the extra motivation I needed to finish powerfully in his honour.”
If you’d still like to sponsor Matthew and help young people through CBF, you can do so with Wonderful.
Well over 1000 people enjoyed this year’s Around the Boundary festival, which took place near Reading on the May Day Bank Holiday weekend. During the daytime, kids could try out tree climbing, face painting, Brazilian drumming, cricket coaching sessions and woodland walks. While music lovers of all ages danced well into the night witnessing some unforgettable performances from power pop stars the ECHO, and classic rock and funk from Flashheart. The event was an extremely successful fundraiser, with half the profits made going to the CBF.
It’s just under a week until the family-friendly food & music festival Around the Boundary takes place in Reading, and organisers have reported that tickets are selling fast. Following his awesome set last year, DJ Yoda will be returning to spin some tunes, alongside The Echo, Flashheart, Ryan Harman, and The Small Strings. While kids’ activities include woodland walks, circus skills and face painting. ATB takes place on Gallowstree Common, Reading on Sunday 5th May and half the proceeds of the event will go to the Chris Bevington Foundation.
Tickets can be purchased from Eventbrite.
Now in its second year, popular family-friendly festival Around the Boundary has confirmed that half of its profits will be donated to the Chris Bevington Foundation. The festival is part organised by the CBF Trustee Jez Felwick, who also runs The Bowler street food enterprise. Along with awesome food, drink and live bands, ATB will offer woodland walks, circus skills and face painting for kids. It takes place on Gallowstree Common near Reading on Sunday 5th May 2019.
Tickets can be purchased from Eventbrite.
A bar called “Crispin’s Place” has opened at Spotify’s new global HQ in Stockholm dedicated to the company’s former employee Chris Bevington. Chris died in the Stockholm terror attack in 2017. He was working for Spotify at the time as a Director of Global Partnerships and Business Development, having been at the company since its early days in 2011. Following his death, Daniel Ek, Spotify’s CEO, had this to say about Chris: “He has had a great impact on not just the business but on everyone who had the privilege to know and work with him.”
Lauren Laverne celebrated Chris’s life on her BBC Radio 6 Music morning show today. Lauren interviewed CBF Trustee Sam Haddad about the music Chris and his friends used to enjoy together, from the Charlatans to Dr. Dre to Foals to LCD Soundsystem, and heard stories from his life. After the interview Lauren said she’d received a “huge response” from listeners.
Band of Horses, has released a limited edition single of their classic song “No One’s Gonna Love You” to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Chris Bevington’s death in the Stockholm terrorist attack. Ben Bridwell of Band of Horses played at Chris’s funeral in Stockholm in May 2017. He recently said: “I barely got through the songs without breaking down that day,” and that he hoped the release of the single would “serve to help a beautiful family commemorate the life of their loved one.”
Photo: The Band of Horses.
Friends of Chris gathered in Hove, East Sussex today at a new bench put up in tribute to his life. It’s hoped the bench, which is located on the seafront, above his favourite beach in Hove, just west of Marrocco’s ice cream shop, will provide solace for his friends and family, many of whom live locally, and a happy place where people can reflect on Chris’s life. The inscription reads: “He loved the beach, the sea and sunsets. Forever missed by his family and friends.”