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Stellar line-up for charity gigs; Live& loud.


THERE have been many charity gigs atThe Electric Circus in my time, indeed one of my favourite nights was the Jonny B Grey aka Frightened Rabbit gig which raised money for the Cystinosis Foundation in 2011.

Although many people set out with good intentions, they don't always realise how difficult it is to get people out of their houses.

Often the theory is charity gig equals large attendance but, in my opinion, it is imperative that you get the line-up spot on. So, earlier this year when Chris Cusack of the highly-respected band Hey Enemy approached me regarding his friend Robbie Cooper of the band Laeto and an idea for a trio of shows to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care, I thought these gigs would take care of themselves.

Meeting Chris for a coffee, he gave me a heartfelt account of exactly how much suffering and discomfort the particular cancer which Robbie lives with causes him.

He also told me of the incredible assistance which the Marie Curie Cancer Care nurses provided and that Robbie saw these shows, one in Glasgow, one in Edinburgh and one in his hometown of Dundee, as his way of giving something back.

For me, it immediately became a no brainer, the Edinburgh show was going to be at our place. Then he told me the bands who had agreed to play...

United Fruit,Vasquez , Fat Goth and Hey Enemy read like a who's who of the underground punk/ noise/metal/call-it-whatyou-will world in Scotland.

Yes, they may not be household names but all carry massive respect and have a following in every city the Human is Not Alone tour is visiting. It is testament to the camaraderie and support for Robbie that they are all playing for free and donating merch at a pay-what-you-like price. They, along with other bands, including the likes of Scottish Album of the Year winner RM Hubbert and the legendary Fugazi have also contributed tracks to a compilation album which is released this week to coincide with the live shows.

As well as raising money, Cooper also hopes to raise awareness of the bands who have offered their services and the line- up reflects the strength with which he has approached the disease. Find out more at at John-Paul is live booker for Edinburgh's Electric Circus


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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Sep 18, 2013
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