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Takedown Festival

Read all about Tonic's day working at Takedown Festival.


We provided our brand new Tonic Rider backstage support programme for the first time over the Easter weekend, and there was no better place to start than Takedown Festival in Tonic's hometown of Portsmouth. The Tonic Rider team were on-hand in the Guildhall green room offering information and support to artists, crew and staff working at the festival.


Throughout the day, the Tonic Rider team spoke to a variety of people in the hustle and bustle of the green room. Our range of Tonic Rider zines were available for anyone to take home, along with boxes of mental health resources placed in the dressing rooms. This was our initial plan for the programme and reason for the name 'Tonic Rider'.


A familiar sight for regular attendees of festivals on the South Coast was the Never Mind the Stigma stand. Once again, the stand offered information and support around mental health, alongside selling our range of Tonic merch. A new addition to the range was a heavy metal inspired Tonic T-shirt, which was a hit with the Takedown community.


Whilst others were tucking into Easter eggs and hot cross buns, Takedown Festival was a great showcase of the rock and metal world for Portsmouth. From 25-year veterans Skindred to future icons Sleep Token, the festival was a memorable one.

Thank you to Kai and Sarah Harris (We Are Divergent) for inviting us to Takedown Festival, the Guildhall for being wonderful hosts, and everyone else for ensuring it was a great day.



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