In an online fundraiser concert for charitable programs, Scottish pop legends Wet Wet Wet are leading a lineup of Scottish talent to perform.
The first social enterprise event dedicated to promoting charitable services is said to be the latest festival which will take place on St. Andrew’s Day on November 30.
Created by the organizers of the first ever Highland Games digital day festival, alongside existing Scottish music stars such as Hue and Cry, Altered Images, Bay City Rollers and Sandi Thom, Frontline Festival Scotland will showcase emerging talent.
On social media, the virtual festival will be streamed and viewers can watch it for free during the day.
The organizers are Ceangail CIC, a social organization for project management whose activities since 2014 have raised money for good causes, including the Stirling Highland Games. BBC Radio 1 DJs and presenters Fat Brestovca and Kathryn Wilson will host the festival in Stirling from 12 noon onwards, while artists will be streaming from their own home studios in mini-sets.
80’s pop combo The Bluebells and former X Factor runner-up Nichola McDonald are other confirmed acts.
The festival’s verified artists include: Wet Wet Wet, Hue & Cry, Altered Images, Bay City Rollers, Sandi Thom, Nicholas McDonald and The Bluebells.
“Matt McGrandles, organizer of the festival and director of Ceangail, said, “The Covid 19 pandemic has affected several industries in Scotland, none more than the events industry, which has been drastically decreased by the 2020 restrictions. One good thing we see in the current situation is the coming together of Scottish artists who have joined forces to demonstrate their support for the frontline charities of Scotland by agreements.
We call on all corporations and spectators to stand with them and express their appreciation for the services of Frontline. Usually, festival-goers pay more than £ 50 per ticket to attend a festival. While this festival is free, Ceangail has proposed that, through the Just Giving pages, audience members should instead contribute £ 5 to the initiative.
Funds raised will benefit the Charity Air Ambulance of Scotland, the Family Support Trust of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, the Scottish Police Charitable Fund and the Scottish Ambulance Service Endowment Fund.
Ceangail is also providing a 30-hour training program as part of the event for young people between the ages of 16 and 40 who want to develop the key skills they need to be employed in the media world.
“We have the utmost respect for those who volunteer in emergencies and put themselves under duress and sometimes even in danger just to help others,” Hue & Cry said of the campaign’s mission to raise both awareness and funds for the cause. At this virtual concert, we are proud to participate – so please make all your donations as real as possible! ”
“Many members of our cultural SEN have been through a particularly difficult time due to the Covid crisis,” said Sarah Cameron, Cultural Coordinator at Social Enterprise Network Scotland (SENScot). None more so than in the company of events. We are excited to hear from Ceangail about this initiative and would like to congratulate Matt and his team for taking on such a leadership role.
It is also wonderful – although not shocking – that so many have been so keen to demonstrate their support through the cultural community. Social and community companies have been at the forefront of several efforts to support their respective communities during the current crisis – whether locally or on their behalf. Another excellent example of this is Ceangail and Frontline Festival Scotland.
“After the year we’ve all had, I can’t think of a more fitting tribute to a group of people than Frontline Services. These people put their lives on the line at all times to protect the rest of us. I want to thank the event organizers for putting this on for such an admirable cause.”I can’t think of a more fitting tribute to a group of people after the year we’ve all had than Frontline Services. To protect the rest of us, these people put their lives on the line at all times. I want to thank the organizers of the event for putting this on for such an admirable cause.
It is possible to watch the festival free of charge at: https://www.facebook.com/frontlinefestivalscotland/