All Star Band headline 12-hour danceathon in aid of Sarcoma UK

All Star Band headline 12-hour danceathon in aid of Sarcoma UK

Belle & Sebastian's Chris Geddes

Members of Belle & Sebastian, Teenage Fanclub and The Wellgreen will play at the charity event at Glasgow's the Flying Duck

Three of Scotland's finest exports are combining for one long evening at the Flying Duck this weekend.

Members of Belle & Sebastian, Teenage Fanclub and The Wellgreen are teaming up to form one-off supergroup the All Star Band, to headline a 12-hour danceathon in aid of Sarcoma UK. The event has been organised in memory of Heather Morrison, a Glasgow woman who died aged just 30 following a 15-month battle with soft tissue sarcoma - a rare and aggressive form of cancer.

Chris Geddes, Belle & Sebastian's keyboardist, said: 'We've lost two friends [Heather Morrison and Camera Obscura's Carey Lander] to the illness over the past couple of years. It's a really sad coincidence that our two good friends died, both at a similar age, from a form of cancer that's really rare, especially in adults.'

'The danceathon belongs to a couple of friends of Heather's who have put it together. The Flying Duck was a venue that she loved to go to, she was always the first on the dancefloor, and I think that's what gave them the idea. For us, it's just good fun to get together and play some covers of tunes we really like. I'm glad we were able to turn that into raising money for a good cause.'

The danceathon will see teams of two burn up the dancefloor with their best moves and best efforts at collecting sponsorships for Sarcoma UK. It’ll be a marathon, rather than a sprint, with at least one dancer from each team required to stay on the floor at all times – though spectator tickets are available for those lacking in stamina.

Geddes is also appearing in the danceathon as part of the cohort of 20 DJs signed up for the event.

'In a way, I think it might be the easiest DJ gig you could possibly do!' he says. 'People have signed up for this, so they have to dance. Usually it's the DJ's job to keep the dancefloor going, but I can pretty much play whatever I like and they'll have to stay.'

Asked whether this could be the only ever outing of the All Star Band, he said there could be a chance for future shows.

'We really enjoyed our first rehearsal on Wednesday,' he said. 'Whether it becomes its own thing, I don't know. But it was good fun on Wednesday and I think everyone's looking forward to the show.'

Sarcoma UK Danceathon, The Flying Duck, Glasgow, Sat 20 Feb, 3pm–3am.

Sarcoma UK Danceathon

Scottish bands and Glasgow based DJs join forces for a danceathon tribute to raise funding and awareness for Sarcoma UK. Teams of two dance for 12 hours to live music by The Shiverin’ Sheiks and Disco Shark as well as All Star Band, featuring members of Belle and Sebastian, Teenage Fanclub and The Wellgreen. DJs include…


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