Are you still ‘Making Your Mind Up’ about what to do this Sunday?
You don’t have to go to ‘Waterloo’ to find entertainment!
Ok, ok – enough of the EuroVision quips already!
We are bringing Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage to your very own front rooms this Sunday. Join us at our Zoom Stadium for an incredible, eclectic line-up of the best VI musicians in the country as they battle for a place in the International Low Vision Song Contest Final.
They need your votes to realise their dreams of performing in this prestigious event – all you need to do is buy a ticket (£5 per household), sit back and enjoy the show, then vote for the act that you think deserves a spot in the Final.
23-year-old musician Naz will be performing her original song ‘Am I Awake’ – an ethereal, experimental pop song, inspired by mental health and sight loss.
Find out more about Naz over on Facebook and Instagram: @its.havva
Joseyana Francisca Costa
Inspired by her experiences during lockdown, 15-year-old vocalist Joseyana will be performing her self-penned song ‘Free’, an uplifting piece crafted to encourage positivity and boost the spirits of those who have struggled with relationships throughout the pandemic. Check out Joseyana on Facebook.
Regulars on the LOOK circuit, The Thunderbolts are made up of 16-year-old Ethan and his 13-year-old brother, Jasper.
Euphoric indie-pop song ‘Seven Seas’ is about pure escapism; opening the way to a brighter and more joyful future.
Writing and performing since the age of 9, Ethan formed The Thunderbolts in 2014 and has since played numerous gigs and released several albums. Ethan is driven to showcase The Thunderbolts to a wider audience and to prove that young people with vision impairments should be given a platform to share their talents.
Find out more, here.
Coming at you like a hurricane, Charlie, Jamie, Jayden and Ben are dropping their indie-rock song into the mix for the International Low Vision Song Contest Selection Round!
Their track, Charlie tells us – which is actually called ‘Hurricane’ – is about ‘previous mistakes catching up with you and not knowing who you are.’
Charlie is VI, has been drumming for 6 years and playing drums in Clueless since its formation in March 2020.
He said ‘I would like to take part [in the ILVSC] as it’s a great opportunity to help the charity [LOOK] and also to gain further experience in live performance.’
Check out Clueless, here.
Spoken word artist, 13-year-old Izuchi Okorie will perform ‘Angry Black Girl’, accompanied by musician and LOOK mentor Rupert on Keys.
Izuchi has partial vision and has been performing poems since the age of 9. She has been attending LOOK Music Forums since the start of the year and has worked with LOOK Mentor Rupert to create a piece for the contest combining her poetry with music composed by Rupert.
The Selection Show
The Selection Round Show will be hosted by accomplished musicians and LOOK mentors Rupert and Lorna.
They told us: ‘We can’t wait to hear the wide range of VI musical talent that the LOOK family has to offer. Every music youth forum and open mic concert over the last year has highlighted what a diverse and creative community LOOK has to offer!’
This online event will be hosted on the Zoom platform. Zoom meeting details are provided by email to those who have registered to attend. You can read our guide on using Zoom to join LOOK online events here.
Tickets cost just £5 per household, with all proceeds benefitting LOOK.
Your fundraising money has a life-changing impact on the young people that we help.
• With just £6, we can pay for a young person to attend one of our VI focused employment and opportunity days. Only one in four visually impaired people in the UK are in work. This needs to change – and our workshops equip young people to know their rights to ensure their future.
• £30 will pay for an afternoon of face to face/one-to-one mentoring for a young person. At Look, we know the power of talking to your peers, which is why we run a peer mentoring scheme.
• £50 will pay for an hour of counselling for a recently diagnosed young person or parent.
• £100 will pay for our staff and mentors to deliver a World of Difference workshop in a VI young person’s school. Many of the young people we work with tell us school can be challenging, especially if their classmates don’t understand their visual impairment. Our World of Difference sessions promote inclusion and understanding and encourage visually impaired young people to speak out about the barriers they face at school.