If only we could have been there…

If only we could have been there…

If only we could have been there…

That’s what I thought as I saw the images of all those happy, smiling people of all ages having the time of their lives at Glastonbury this summer. Of course, the mud and rain didn’t look that inviting, but the line-up was incredible! We could watch Adele on the red button on the main stage on the Saturday night, but it’s just not the same as being there, is it?

And when we saw the mud, we were glad we weren’t there.

And when we heard Adele perform, we wished we were there.

It must have been unforgettable to have been one of those 135,000 individuals descending on Pilton in Somerset on the last weekend in June. All gathering together for this unique festival to celebrate the very best of the contemporary performing arts. Being able to see the likes of Coldplay and Muse live. Discovering your new favourite band. Hearing artists perform you had never even heard of before.

And the atmosphere. That must have been something else! A non-stop party atmosphere for four crazy days.

Glastonbury is the one everyone wants to go to at some point in their lives.

If only we could have been there…

But at least now, for the first time, we are able to buy the album. The live album. This album features live tracks from a line-up of world-famous musicians performing at Glastonbury 2016. Now we can feel the atmosphere and enjoy the performances from bands like Coldplay, Muse and Foals, over and over again. Musicians such as Churches, Wolf Alice, Laura Mvula, Years and Years, and many more will each dedicate a song from their Glastonbury set to be used on this unique album.

The album is being released for a reason – a very good reason. We know the power of music, the power that performers have to make a difference. We saw it for the first time with ‘Do they know it’s Christmas?’ by Band Aid in 1984. Well, now these Glastonbury musicians want to make a difference. They, along with the festival and individuals like you and me can now seize the opportunity to stand as one. In conjunction with Oxfam, this album is being released in support of refugees worldwide. So that we can all stand as one with those who have been forced to flee.

We’ve all read the reports and seen the images and watched the coverage on the TV. We see the thousands and thousands of people forced to flee conflict, disaster and poverty. We know that there is a worldwide refugee crisis and we know that something needs to be done about it. But often we feel helpless. We can’t be there. We can’t stand with these people. We can’t physically make a difference. But now, in this small way, we can stand as one and support Oxfam’s work with refugees all over the world.

Coldplay said “Right now there are more refugees in the world than at any other time in recent history. They could be us and we could be them. The good news is: we can all help.”

Every three seconds, someone flees their home because of terrifying violence, poverty or disaster.

Every three seconds.

This is the most serious refugee crisis since the Second World War.

A family escaping conflict in Syria. A son making that treacherous journey to Europe and arriving with nothing. A father forced to run for his life.

Oxfam is providing life-saving clean water, sanitation and vital support for families who have lost everything in Syria, Jordan and Lebanon.

Oxfam is providing water, food, clothes and personal hygiene kits for people arriving in Greece, Italy, Serbia and Macedonia.

Oxfam is working with partners to provide people arriving in Italy from more than fifteen countries with accommodation and living essentials, as well as training and support to help people develop relationships in their new communities.

On the island of Lesbos, Oxfam is supporting people who have fled violence and persecution with hot meals, warm clothing, water and toilets.

That’s nearly nine million people helped by Oxfam in the last year alone.

And for all of this amazing work, Oxfam needs our continuing support. We may not be there with these refugees in person but Oxfam representatives are. They are there. They are doing what we wish we could be doing. And we can support them and stand with them by buying this album.

The album will be released digitally on 11 July 2016 and will be available to buy on CD from 12 August 2016. This album forms part of Oxfam’s new campaign to put pressure on world leaders to welcome more refugees, keep families together and keep these people safe. All Parlophone’s profits from the album will go direct to charity. 75% of the profits will go the Oxfam’s Refugee Crisis Appeal and 25% to the Jo Cox fund.

The album is dedicated to Jo Cox, the Labour MP for Batley and Spen, who was shot and stabbed in her constituency on 16 June, 2016, just days before the Glastonbury Festival.

Jo Cox, MP and humanitarian, was a former Oxfam Activist, who campaigned tirelessly for refugees. Her husband, Brendan Cox urges us all to stand as one – “to unite to fight against the hatred that killed her.”

We can stand as one with these world famous musicians, the world’s best-loved festival, Oxfam and the family and friends of Jo Cox to show our support for the many, many refugees across our world today and to demand action for refugees.

Pre-order the album Oxfam Presents: Stand as One – Live at Glastonbury 2016 at http://www.oxfam.org.uk/stand today.

Helen Redfern

Helen Redfern is Yogamatters’ very own in-house writer. Living life to the full for her currently includes yoga, walking with her dogs in the woods, rediscovering her passion for reading and encouraging everyone around her to embrace the new.