Scotland's arts community rally to raise money for the Clutha Appeal Fund

A series of music and comedy gigs are taking place to raise funds in the wake of the helicopter crash

Round-up: Clutha benefit shows

Janey Godley / Photo: Steve Ullathorne

Following the devastating helicopter crash at The Clutha in Glasgow, the arts community in Scotland has been rallying around to organise events and benefit nights, with proceeds going to the Clutha Appeal Fund.

Glasgow Stands Up for The Clutha (Sun 22 Dec) at the 02 Academy is the largest of the benefit shows to be announced so far, with an array of Glasgow’s biggest comedians joining forces, in aid of the Lord Provost’s Clutha appeal fund. Names already announced for the event include Des Clarke, Bruce Morton, Gary Little, Mark Nelson, Janey Godley, Scott Agnew and River City’s Tom Urie. Organisers have also promised two guest stars simply being punted as ‘very famous Glasgow funny men’, just to keep us guessing.

On Sun 29 Dec, Rock for the Clutha will gather together the talents of The Shiverin' Sheiks, Them Beatles, Sparrahawk, The Underground Jam and The Black Triangles at Glasgow's O2 ABC. In the New Year, look out for The Clutha Benefit Weekend (Fri 3–Sun 5 Jan), which includes a benefit night at The Classic Grand (Fri 3 Jan) and features performances from Backwater, Soul Remover, The Puzzlers and We Were Kings, with more acts and venues set to be announced for the weekend.

On the outskirts of Glasgow, Ayrshire Rocks for The Clutha (Sat 4 Jan) will be held at the Bellfield Inn in Kilmarnock with an all-day event planned to raise funds, while Folk for the Clutha (Fri 10 Jan) at St Andrews in the Square in Glasgow will find a clutch of members from the folk community unite, including Bill Adair, Steven Clark, Tom Fairnie, Haggerdash, Arthur Johnstone, Adam McCulloch, Lori McTear, Rudegin, Mick West and many more. It’s an unticketed event with those attending asked to make a donation on the door. In early 2014 a Clutha Benefit at Barrowlands has also been announced with a date and line-up tbc, though rumour suggests 15 Feb is looking a likely contender.

This is not a comprehensive list of events, and is compiled by information available at time of publication and is subject to change. For more detailed line-up and ticketing information, keep an eye on our listings.

Glasgow Stands up for the Clutha

A staggering line-up including Janey Godley, Des McLean, Des Clarke, Gary Little, Mark Nelson, Bruce Morton, Stu Who, Scott Agnew, Susie McCabe, Billy Kirkwood, the Wee Man, Ashley Storrie – plus two 'very famous' Glasgow men – rally together to raise funds for the families of victims and survivors and rescue services…

Stand Up For The Clutha

Wendy Wason, who lived in Glasgow for many years, hosts a benefit for the families of those affected by the Clutha pub crash featuring Phill Jupitus, Jen Brister, Carl Donnelly, Lucy Porter, Stephen Carlin, Gordon Southern and Tiffany Stevenson.

Clutha Benefit All-Dayer at Classic Grand

Benefit gig with 18 bands rocking two stages including performances from BMX Bandits, St Deluxe, Lenzie Moss and Jeye T.

Rock For The Clutha Charity Gig

Charity gig featuring some of Scotland's premium rock bands and tribute acts including The Shiverin' Sheiks, Them Beatles, Sparrahawk, The Underground Jam and The Black Triangles.

Ayrshire Rocks for The Clutha

A full day of live music and a raffle to raise funds to support the families of the victims of the tragedy and the professional bodies who responded to it.

Folk for the Clutha

A host of members from the folk community, including Bill Adair, Steven Clark, Tom Fairnie, Haggerdash, Arthur Johnstone, Adam McCulloch, Lori McTear, Rudegin and Mick West, unite to support those affected by the Clutha Vaults accident.

Clutha Benefit Weekend at Faktory

Charity gig featuring The Sensational David Bowie Tribute Act, The Underground Jam and Dirty Diamond & The Gunslinger as well as DJ sets until 3am. All bands and DJs have waived their fee for this event.


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