Indie bands to help raise finds for homelessness charity

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THREE top indie bands are set to rock the stage this week to send four brave charity walkers on their way to an epic 160-mile trek.

My Tiny Robots, Gordon McIntyre of Ballboy and The Occasional Flickers will perform an exclusive one-off gig in Edinburgh on Thursday 22 March to help Fiona King, Murdo Mathison, James Battye and Zoe McGuire raise vital funds for Shelter Scotland.

The team, made up of policy and campaigns staff from the housing and homelessness charity, will walk 160 miles from Inverness to Glasgow in under five days – a backbreaking 32 miles a day which will take them through the Great Glens and the West Highland Way.

The Occasional Flickers is one of the bands playing at the one-off gig

The ‘Huge Shelter Walk’ challenge means they will spend on average over 12 hours a day on their feet, with limited rest breaks if they’re to arrive at their destination on time.

The ‘Huge Shelter Rock’ gig is one of the final fundraising events for the team before they set off on their gruelling trek on 30 March. They have so far raised £3,000 towards their £10,000 target, and have had support from A. G. Barr who will provide water for the walkers, First Scotrail who will cover the cost of rail travel to their starting point and Haribo UK who donated a giant box of sweets.

Speaking ahead of the gig, Fiona King, one of the walkers and policy officer at Shelter Scotland, said: “The ‘Huge Shelter Rock’ gig promises great music and entertainment for a very worthwhile cause. We’re really grateful to everyone who has supported us so far. It’s motivated us to keep going through countless training sessions and although we know it’ll be a tough five days on our feet, it’s great to know that so many people are behind us.

“We’re really grateful to the bands for giving up their time and musical skills for the Huge Shelter Rock. Every penny raised will go to Shelter Scotland to help families and individuals experiencing homelessness and bad housing.”

 

Tickets for the one-off gig are available online from wegottickets.com or by visiting shelter.org.uk/hugeshelterrock or available on the night.

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