Quick refresher in case you need it – Bandcamp Friday is an amazing thing where the platform directs 100% of sales to the artists’ pockets. The once-monthly phenomenon was initially born to aid musicians (who’ve been hit especially hard by the pandemic and the resulting restrictions); while it was only meant to be a short-term deal, Bandcamp has continued to extend it as the tribulations of Covid-19 wear on (and on, and on).
So it brings me great pleasure to let you know that not only is Bandcamp Friday returning this week on August 7th, but it’s back once a month for the rest of the calendar year!
“Because the pandemic is far from over, we’ll continue to hold Bandcamp Fridays on the first Friday of every month until the end of the year.”
HELL YES! Calendar as follows // set your various alarms accordingly:
August 7, 2020
September 4, 2020
October 2, 2020
November 6, 2020
December 4, 2020
All from 3am ET to 3am ET. (That’s midnight PT to midnight PT if you’ve got a California state of mind.)
This is a brand new announcement, so check back here (or on Bancamp) for a list of which labels and artists are offering donations, special merch and more this Friday; there are usually limited-edition bundles, exclusive new music, discounts…you name it, all to support artists and causes we love.
Additionally, here’s a living Google Doc ft. 2500+ Black producers, artists and labels to support anytime (but especially on Bandcamp Fridays when they stand to benefit more) who are currently using the platform. (A great discovery resource, and should help you plan out your purchases better in advance!)
In June I snagged some great stuff from Serena Isioma, Debby Friday, Coco & Clair Clair, Christelle Bofale, Mr. Mitch, Gemma and Gavin Turek. Last month, meanwhile, I grabbed titles from Charlotte Adigéry, Noods, BL Shirelle, Bedtime Khal, Moor Mother and Cult Party. So far this month I’ve got my eye on 10th Letter, Hannah Mayree, Joey Anderson, Chanti Darling and Mags, but now that I know this Friday counts for extra, I’m about to max out REAL HARD. Watch this space! And also tell me what you’re planning to buy!