DJ EZ and Defected 24 hour stream raised £88,000 for charity

DJ EZ and Defected 24 hour stream raised £88,000 for charity

Tireless UK garage legend DJ EZ brightened up lockdown last weekend with another 24 hour stream of nonstop heaters, hosted in partnership with Defected.

The set was hosted in aid of raising money for mental health charity MIND, with a JustGiving page set up for fans to donate while tuned in.

By the time DJ EZ completed his 24 hour journey through the best sounds in UK garage, manipulated with his peerless mixing trickery, at 6pm GMT on Sunday, £41,000 had been raised for the cause.

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Defected then matched this with its own £41,000 donation, writing on Twitter: “You guys have donated £41,000 to the amazing @MindCharity… To say thank you to you and @DJEZOfficial, we will be matching that amount, meaning we have raised £82,000 for a charity doing invaluable work in the battle against mental health. Speechless.”

MIND sent a response saying: “We just wanted to send thanks again to @DJEZOfficial for his incredible 24 hour+ DJ set, to everyone who donated, and to you for matching the donations. £82,000 is such a huge amount of money, and will make such a difference to our work. You’re all amazing!”

The JustGiving page is now at £88,880 and counting with 2,871 supporters, smashing way past its original target of £5,000.

Comments posted alongside donations include “Incredible, loved every min, and for a brilliant cause. Thanks so much” and “EZ deserves a knighthood”.

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Yesterday, after a much deserved rest, DJ EZ posted on Twitter: “Waking up to donations of £87k for MIND is overwhelming. Thank you once again to those who listened and locked in, to all parties involved in making it happen & to those who donated and supported us”.

Watch back the full set across three parts on YouTube below and donate here.

Patrick Hinton is Mixmag’s Digital Features Editor, follow him on Twitter

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