Radiohead, Dinosaur Jr., Foo Fighters, Phoebe Bridgers + More Design Custom Bikes, Upcoming Auction to Benefit Tour Roadies + Crew

A selection of the world’s top music artists are turning bike designers to create one-of-a-kind bikes from Brompton, the London-based manufacturer of the iconic Brompton folding bike, to be offered through Greenhouse Auctions to raise money for Crew Nation, a global relief fund launched by Live Nation to support music crews affected by the near-total pause on concerts during COVID-19.
 
The star line-up involved in the project includes: Foo Fighters, Rise Against, Radiohead (art director), Phoebe Bridgers,  LCD Soundsystem, Khruangbin, Nathan East, Dinosaur Jr, Oh Wonder, Underworld, Sub Pop (label), Enrique Iglesias, Neko Case.
 
Each group added their own unique design to the bikes, which will be offered for live bidding May 28 through June 12, 2021, by Greenhouse Auctions, an online auction platform designed to empower artists and promote diversity, with 100% percent of the proceeds going to benefit Crew Nation
 
The campaign released details of the Radiohead, Oh Wonder, Rise Against, and Dinosaur Jr. Brompton designs at www.brompton.com/crewnation, with the rest of the bike line-up being revealed at @bromptonbicycle on Instagram and Facebook in the weeks leading up to the auction.
 
“I’m ridiculously happy to have been asked to design a Brompton bike that’ll be auctioned to raise money and awareness for Crew Nation,” said Stanley Donwood, the artist who has created Radiohead’s record artwork since the ’90s and designed the custom Brompton M6L for auction.
 
“We’re lucky to count a number of musicians and their crews as dear friends, and over the years Brompton bikes have found a moving home on tour buses and been ridden by crews while out on the road,” said Tevis Jory, Music Project Lead and North American Sales Manager, Brompton. “While artists, crews and the people who bring music to life have seen their livelihoods disappear, the bike industry has been booming, which led us to ask, ‘How can Brompton help?’”
 
“We’re thrilled to have the support of these incredible artists and our friends at Brompton Bike. Their creativity will go a long way towards helping out crew members who have long been out of work and are in need of a lifeline,” said Nurit Smith, Executive Director, Music Forward Foundation. “Crew Nation is endlessly grateful to be chosen as the charity partner for this campaign.”
 
“Thank you to Brompton for asking us to be a part of their campaign to raise funds for Crew Nation… We love our crew and we love our Brompton bikes…” Ed O’Brien – Radiohead
 
“Collaborating with a company like Brompton is a no-brainer for a band like us that is always moving and appreciates traveling light. Our road crew are our family and we rely on them to bring you the show we play in your town. While some of the gears of industry kept moving this last year, the live music industry ground to a complete stop and has yet to meaningfully resume.  Consequently, our crew and the road crews around the world have been unable to do their respective jobs; we’re all very thankful that Crew Nation has stepped in to help bridge the gap until the lights come back on.” Tim McIlrath, Rise Against
 
“It is an honour for Greenhouse Auctions to host the sale of unique Brompton bikes to benefit Crew Nation. Both entities must be commended for coming together to benefit the music community, combining the power of sound with environmentally conscious transportation to create this exciting charitable event. At Greenhouse, we share their values of empowerment and nurturing, particularly within vulnerable communities.” Shlomi Rabi, Founder of Greenhouse Auctions.

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