LONDON, United Kingdom — Formed in 2010 in the U.K., Bastille has produced two indie pop albums including globally recognized tracks “Pompeii,” “Good Grief,” and “These Streets.” The group is comprised of Dan Smith, Chris Wood, Will Farquarson and Kyle Simmons. Bastille’s charity work reveals a philanthropic side of the group.
Most recently, Smith and Simmons donated their shoes to London initiative the Small Steps Project. This organization aids communities living in landfills around the world through two phases. The first priority is to provide basic living necessities such as shoes, shelter and food while the secondary objective is to implement a sustainable plan for residents to find education and employment.
Currently, Small Steps works in more than 10 locations from Cambodia to Nicaragua to Romania and has already identified an additional 32 dumps where it hopes to expand in the near future. Bastille has supported the project since 2013, and its recent donations predate a formal celebrity shoe auction to be held later this month. The band’s shoes have raised more than $1,000 for the charity.
In the past, Bastille’s charity work has featured multiple concerts devoted to combating global poverty. In 2014, the band joined forces with other major artists to form a 30-year anniversary incarnation of the 1984 Band Aid band. In recording “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”, this time the compilation was a fundraiser for relieving the Ebola crisis in West Africa.
Similarly, in 2015 Bastille hosted an exclusive concert in conjunction with Sofar Sound events to support the charity War Child. The vision of this organization is to provide safety for children in war-torn areas, offer support for equitable integration into world communities and educate communities on their local justice systems. Hopeful fans donated to the charity to enter a lottery for show tickets.
Finally, Smith appeared on a short YouTube advertisement in December 2016 to advocate for the homeless. Entitled “We were all 10 Once” and also starring Ellie Goulding, the video juxtaposed responses of celebrities and homeless people to common questions on their respective life goals. The campaign aimed to inspire action from viewers who would better identify with rising rates of homelessness.
It is a “Wild, Wild World” for the foursome, but as the group enters 2017, Bastille’s charity work is sure to continue alongside its intercontinental touring and breakout pop melodies.
– Zack Machuga