Scottish musicians give artistic hand for charity

EFC returns to Scotland for its second year

EFC returns to Scotland for its second year

This weekend (May 3 – May 5) Glasgow will play host to a three day music festival in aid of Yorkhill Children’s Foundation. Events for Charities will bring musicians, bands and comedians to the city in the organisations second year which is set to be bigger and better than last year. Filled with cover bands, original artists and comedy everyone will have something to enjoy whilst giving a helping hand to a great cause.

Over the bank holiday weekend the charity music festival will have a great atmosphere helping a great cause. Events for Charities chairman, James Edmond, said: “People can expect a family event with great atmosphere and entertainment from musicians, bands and comedians. All working to help raise awareness and funds for Yorkhill Children’s Foundation.

In its second year there has already been a huge difference in the size of the festival, turning a two day event into a three day event with acts including Logan, Dan Reed, Not The Sensational Alex Harvey Band and brilliant cover bands h-Aye Voltage (a tribute to AC/DC) and Bowie inspired musicians, Spiders on Mars. Tickets to all events held in Ivory Blacks, The Cultha and Maggie Mays are available through TicketScotland and Events for Charities website, with prices starting at £8 in advance and £10 on the door.

The festival has the best in original Scottish talent

The festival has the best in original Scottish talent

This year’s festival has been under-way since last May to allow plenty time to ensure it is the best it can be. With all the planning and preparation the event is set to please everyone who participates, James continued: “The planning of the event we had to look at different styles of music and what days and venues to use for these. So we didn’t have any clash of styles. The initial stages sorting out what bands could play on what day was the hard bit with shuffling line ups around to suit. The next stage was to sort out the initial promotion for the event through social media and our websites to create the overall awareness of the event.Twelve months on we have the complete three day festival in aid of Yorkhill Children’s Foundation.”

Last years event raised a total of £3742 and the organisers are hoping to raise even more this year. The festival is guaranteed to have a great turnout with all the shows and events on offer but if you are unable to attend the festivities there are other ways to help raise money for Yorkill. James explains “[Events for Charities] have set up just giving pages for people that can’t take part can help by collecting in their work place or just donating the price of a ticket.” The event also needs more volunteers to work over the weekend, donating money or giving a helping hand over the bank holiday weekend will help the event and ensure a great atmosphere to those enjoying the show.

Dan Reed is just one of this years performers

Dan Reed is just one of this years performers

Unsigned musicians, bands, cover acts and comedians also get the chance to get their name recognised through these events. The success of last years event has raised interest from local musicians with more artists requesting slots over the, now, three day festival urging for an even bigger event next year. Talent is booming in Scotland and Events for Charities is bringing that talent to the public for a great cause. Growing interest and music ability has already led organisers to look for 80 to 100 bands, artists and comedians to take part.

Although currently based in Glasgow with previous success travelling Scotland it looks like local musicians, bands and comedians may be able to travel Scotland, James added “Last year in December we had an event lasting twelve days in aid of CHAS, Yorkhill Children’s Foundation and Erskine Hospital, “The Twelve Days OF Christmas”. We took this from east to west of Scotland. We are hoping to be in Edinburgh and Stirling later this year with other charity events. We do have plans, not sure how far away it is, to take the festival from been a mostly indoor festival to an outdoor event, this is still in the planning stages and could be one to two years away. ”

Music, comedy and a good cause is the best way to enjoy a bank holiday weekend after a hard weeks work.

Tickets are still available online (TicketScotland, Events for Charities).

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