As Men’s Mental Health Awareness Month comes to an end, we are really pleased to share this special interview that Music Support co-founder Andy ‘Franksy’ Franks has recorded with Dave ‘Sober Dave’ Wilson.

Franksy joins Dave as his guest as part of the 8th season of his acclaimed ‘One for the Road’ podcast where he meets those who have made a decision to look at their relationship with alcohol and take steps towards a positive change. 

Listen to the interview on Apple Podcasts here
Listen to the interview on Spotify here



Franksy shares his story of humble beginnings as a Driver and Sound Engineer in the West Country through to becoming a multi-award-winning Tour Manager working with the likes of Depeche Mode, Madness and Robbie Williams. As his career progressed, so did his drinking, being part and parcel of the music business.   

By the time he started working with Coldplay, Franksy was drinking every day but didn’t know what to do about it. In 2012, he lost his job with Coldplay due to his drinking but it took another year of excess before he finally quit alcohol on 22nd October 2013.  

Franksy shares his journey to sobriety and how it ultimately inspired him to co-found Music Support in 2016 so that no-one else in the industry would suffer in silence if experiencing mental health or addiction challenges. 

Read more about Franksy here

About Sober Dave

David Wilson – aka @Soberdave – has been making it his mission to support the sober community since his own ‘rediscovery’ began in 2019.

Never one to do things by halves, Dave launched his ‘One for the Road’ podcast in 2020, in which a diverse selection of inspirational guests have shared their own dysfunctional relationship with alcohol leading to sobriety. Dave has a huge community on Instagram, motivating and supporting those affected by alcohol dependence. Dave is also an accredited sobriety coach and now brings his grounded expertise in alcohol recovery to book form.

Follow Dave on Instagram here
Find out more about and buy Dave’s book, “One for The Road” here.

The team at Music Support would like to say a HUGE thank you to Dave for helping us to raise awareness of our crucial efforts in supporting our industry peers. 

About Music Support

If you work in music or live events and face mental health or addiction challenges, Music Support is here for you. Click here to find out more about the services we provide which include a confidential Helpline, Safe Hubs backstage at festivals and training in Mental Health First Aid and Addiction and Recovery Awareness. 

Watch this short film to find out more about Music Support. 

Click here to find out more about Movember aka Mens’ Mental Health Awareness Month.