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.”
“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.
“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
Radiohead x Crew Nation Brompton Bike
- Design created by Stanley Donwood, often referred to as the sixth member of Radiohead, and the artist responsible for the band’s album artwork over the last 20 years.
- Multicolor scheme; a compilation of elements from the bands back catalogue of albums
- In Rainbows Album graphic on main frame
- Radiohead bear logo featured on front of bike
- Premium aluminium touchpoints
- Brooks C17 All weather saddle
- Designed on Brompton Black Edition M6L
“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
Rise Against x Crew Nation Brompton Bike
- Features print of the band’s New Album Artwork ‘No Where Generation’
- Minimalist Black and White aesthetics with bold print overlayed
- Band name featured across top of main frame ‘Rise Against’
- Designed on Brompton Black Edition M6L
Dinosaur Jr. x Crew Nation Brompton Bike
- Purple sparkle frame, the favourite colour of band member, J Mascis
- Overlayed with a scatter of holographic flowers across the bike
- Comes with extra flower decals for owner to further customise
- Cow Face artwork serial plate
- Designed on a Brompton Superlight M6L
You can be the first to know when new artist designs and auction details are released by signing up at www.brompton.com/crewnation, or by following @bromptonbicycle on Instagram and Facebook.
More about Brompton Bicycle
Built upon a mission to change the way we live within our cities, Brompton Bicycle manufactures foldable bikes that provide riders with a more efficient, sustainable transportation alternative. Founded in London in 1975, the Brompton foldable bike breaks down to the size of a lightweight, compact package in just a few seconds and combines with other forms of transit to speed up a commute. In 2018, the brand also introduced its first line of e-bikes, Brompton Electric, recognized as both the most lightweight and the most compact foldable e-bike on the market. Now the largest bike manufacturer in the United Kingdom, every Brompton is still made in London and the brand boasts 15 Brompton Junction flagship stores around the world. For more information, please visit https://us.brompton.com/
More about Crew Nation
Crew Nation is a charitable fund, created to help the touring, venue and festival crews who depend on shows to make a living by providing monetary grants to those facing hardship during the pandemic and beyond. Crew Nation is powered by Music Forward Foundation, a charitable 501c3 organization, that is administering and managing the fund. So far, the fund has raised $18 million, helping 15,000 live music crew members across 48 countries who were impacted by the rescheduled or cancelled shows due to the pandemic.To find out more about ways to get involved, donate, buy merchandise or apply for relief, head to: https://www.livenationentertainment.com/crewnation/
More about Greenhouse Auctions
Greenhouse Auctions is an online auction platform designed to empower artists, galleries and non-profit organizations, while supporting social-impact initiatives. Sellers come to offer fresh, never-been-sold art and design. Buyers come to directly support artists, pursue exciting artwork in a fair and transparent model, and invest in the next generation of talent. All come to support the scholarship fund benefitting art history students in HBCU’s. Like our name suggests, we encourage community building, nurture talent, and ensure the sustainability of the art market. https://greenhouseauctions.net/