Let us not forget that the people of Houston, Puerto Rico, and other Caribbean nations continue to struggle in the wake of deadly Hurricanes that rocked our shores this summer. Disco Donnie Presents and the headliners of its Halloween-themed festival Something Wicked has not forgotten, and they’ve made it their mission to give back.
So far, Something Wicked has raised $95,000 in artist donations toward the Hurricane Harvey releif effort in Houston, thanks to performers including Above & Beyond, Tiesto, and Marshmello. Disco Donnie Presents will match fan gifts made at ticket checkout up to $25,000 to benefit the Salvation Army. Jauz and Ghastly also donated $25,000 to Salvation Army during a previous fund raiser leading up to the fest.
Kayzo, Breathe Carolina, and Must Die! donated $15,000 to the Houston Food Bank. Add to that a $5,000 donation to Habitats for Humanity, a Something Wicked food drive, and staff donations to Habitat for Humanity, and you’ve got a grand total of more than $165,000.
“Harvey was a devastating storm, and our hearts and minds go out to the millions affected, including the thousands of our fans in Texas along with their families,” Disco Donnie Presents CEO Donnie Estopinal says in a press release. “We know these charities excel at swiftly putting relief donations to work in the areas they’re needed most. It is in times of need that we discover the full impact of the electronic music fan community.”
The effort is one close to Estopinal’s heart. He survived Katrina in New Orleans in the mid 2000s. He also has roots in both Texas and Florida. He personally funded and organized food deliveries to his home base of Puerto Rico following the disastrous landfall of Irma, as well as to the British Virgin Islands, via 30 boats in September.
“I started as a local promoter throwing raves in my hometown of New Orleans, and now I live in Puerto Rico,” he says in an emailed statement. “We are close to our music community and family in Texas and Florida as it’s home to our festivals (SCMF, SWF, UME) and many club events. I have experienced first-hand how disasters affect you. I remember what it took to rebuild my life after the devastation of Katrina, and now Harvey, and Irma. We hope that our partnerships, donations and the SWF experience will bring people the relief and welcome distraction they need, as well as hope for the future.”
Check the full lineup for Something Wicked Festival below, coming to Houston Saturday to Sunday, Oct. 28 and 29, and see the full list of artists who donated below.
Artists who donated
ABOVE & BEYOND
ALY & FILA
GANJA WHITE NIGHT
WHAT SO NOT
WIN + WOO