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Bon Iver to donate merch sales to benefit coronavirus relief fund

Bon Iver have announced that they will be donating 10% of their upcoming merch sales to Wisconsin residents who have been adversely affected by the coronavirus crisis.

The Wisconsin band’s initiative is in partnership with Ambient Inks who create Bon Iver’s sustainable and organic merchandise. The funds they raise is set to go towards helping the Chippewa Valley Artist Relief Fund and Feed My People. Furthermore, Ambient Inks will be donating 100% of their share of website proceeds during this time.

The ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease was first officially identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei in China. As of March 27th, more than 540,847 cases of COVID-19 have been officially confirmed but the actual number is thought to be much higher due to substantial under-reporting of cases.

With more than 24,294 people having died from the virus, COVID-19 has now spread into more than 180 other countries—including mainland Europe, South America and North America. Given the exponential growth in cases in countries like Italy, Spain and the UK, the WHO have now stated that Europe was the current centre of the pandemic.

Justin Vernon and co. have also shared the remaining three live recordings from the 10th-anniversary reissue of their Blood Bank EP. Posting on Twitter: “As we all cope with the effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it is our hope that we can bring a bit of hope to the world by premiering all live tracks from our reissue of ‘Blood Bank’ TODAY!”

This news comes following the postponement of Justin Vernon and co.’s European leg of their world tour which was pushed back until 2021 earlier in the week due to health concerns due to the current ongoing global pandemic.

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