Scottish singers start #SofathonSingalong gigs to support grassroots music venues

Scottish singers start #SofathonSingalong gigs to support grassroots music venues

Luke La Volpe kicks off livestreaming in support of the Music Venue Trust

With music venues and artists facing some really tough times over the coming months as a result of the cancellation of festivals and tours, many are taking their talents online to organise and host live shows for fans to catch at home. Most recently, a group of up-and-coming Scottish artists have come together to start #SofathonSingalong, a series of online shows in support of grassroots music venues.

The #SofathonSingalong series kicked off on Wednesday with Luke La Volpe, who streamed a live show from his home in Bathgate on Instagram Live, asking fans to donate to the Music Venue Trust. Luke has since nominated three other artists to host their own shows, with Glasgow musician Stephanie Cheape performing tonight (Thu 19 Mar) at 8pm on Instagram Live, and Glasgow singer kitti and Greenock quartet Black Dove joining in at a later date.

'Me and the band had to announce that our sold out King Tut's gig in May has moved to September,' Luke says, 'which is a big disappointing but obviously for the best in the circumstances. It's going to be really hard for grassroots venues over the next few months and we want them be able to carry on when we come back. We decided to use my livestreamed gig from home to tell people about the Music Venue Trust, which gives these places a load of help and advice. We thought other artists might like to help, so we came up with the 'ice bucket challenge' style nominations.'

Adding to Luke's sentiments, Stephanie says: 'I love the idea that, while we're all isolated, musicians can do our bit to entertain folk from our own sofas while they're stuck at home on theirs. I've also got my own new EP out which I'm really proud of and I'm going to follow this up with my own series of 'Isolation Sessions' over the next few weeks to keep the music going.'

Artists wanting to take part in the #SofathonSingalong don't have to be nominated, they can join in by setting up a live stream on Instragram, Facebook or YouTube, playing some music, promoting the Music Venue Trust's #FIGHTBACK crowdfunder, and then nominating three more artists to join in.

Find out more about the Music Venue Trust's crowdfunder and read about their vital work in helping to sustain grassroots venues.

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