Funktion-One Supports United We Stream Brighton

The movement that started in Berlin during lockdown has now spread to 65 cities across the world. © Matt Stephens //

United We Stream Brighton (UWSB) launched on 18 June with a programme of live performances to raise funds for Brighton’s night time economy, which has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Loudspeaker manufacturer Funktion-One is partnering with the initiative, supplying its new, ultracompact F5 / SB8 sound system for in the room playback.

United We Stream was founded in Berlin to support clubs, artists and event organisers drastically affected by lockdown, through livestreaming from an empty venue direct into people’s homes. The idea of the ‘living room rave’ has captured imaginations around the globe, spreading to 65 cities across every continent. While the streams are free, those tuning in are encouraged to make donations – so far raising over a million euros for worthy causes.

When UWSB founding partner Brighton Music Conference (BMC) approached Funktion-One about lending its support, the audio pioneers were keen to get involved. Funktion-One’s Ann Andrews said: “We’ve got a great relationship with the BMC guys and have been involved in their conference for a number of years. They’re very passionate about club culture and the electronic music community, so it’s natural that they’re flying the flag for Brighton. We’re very happy to be involved.”

The Funktion-One F5 speaker and SB8 bass unit, launched earlier this year, is the loudspeaker manufacturer’s smallest ever system. While ultracompact in size, it boasts the same performance characteristics as its large format systems, meaning Funktion-One sound in a range of environments, including: bars and restaurants, small events, DJ and desktop monitoring, studios, cinema rooms and home music systems.The new system has been well received by UWSB performers. Billy Nasty enthused: “I was really impressed with the new Funktion-One monitors – such great sound, size and design. In this case, good things definitely do come in small packages!”

UWSB Week 3 Schedule:

Friday 3 July:

7pm: Just Her

8pm: Kinky Dangerous

9pm: Orson Bramley (Transparent Sound)

10pm: Billy Nasty

Saturday 4 July:

7pm: Luke Brancaccio

8pm: Nadia

9pm: Zoyzi

10pm: Sonic Union

Sunday 5 July:

7pm: Carl Loben

8pm: Anthony Pappa

9pm: Lemon8