Charity begins at home
With the time for giving lurking in the not so distant future, the great and good of the music world are uniting to do their bit for a good cause. Words: Anna Millar
A treasure trove of stars are doing their bit for charity this month, with special gigs in both Edinburgh and Glasgow. OXJAM, the UK’s biggest music festival, will present its South East Scotland launch event at The Hive in Edinburgh on Thursday 27 November, in a bid to raise money and awareness for Oxfam. The line-up includes performances from Found, The Black Diamond Express, Saint Jude’s Infirmary, Sorren Maclean, Thieves in Suits, The Wee Baby Jesuses, with a roster of tunes from selected DJs. A cocktail bar and food stalls completes the festivities.
In Glasgow, on Friday 28 November, the stage will be set at the
SECC Carling Academy for a St Andrew’s Versus Cancer concert, featuring The Fratellis, Travis, Alphabeat, Echo and the Bunnymen, and many more. The St Andrew’s Concert, in support of Versus Cancer, hopes to raise funds for a range of Scottish cancer charities.
Born from an idea by Versus Cancer and Scottish music producer John McLaughlin, previous events in England have raised thousands, with Noel Gallagher, Paul Weller and Ian Brown all taking to the stage at previous events.
Across town, on Saturday 22 November, at the Glasgow School of Art, Together Beat Cancer will showcase DJs and live acts, in order to raise funds for Cancer Research. Launched in association with Barr’s 32Music campaign, TBC’s line-up includes The Easy Orchestra, Alfonzo and The Draymin united with DJs Jim Hutchison, Dougal Perman and Scott Problems. Brand manager Martin Steele said of the event: ‘32Music is very proud to sponsor an event such as TBC. It is such an honourable cause. 32Music are keen supporters of new and emerging talent in Scotland and when music and charity come together it can only have a positive effect.’