Dundee bands to unite for gig to tackle homelessness

Dundee band Carousel

A number of Dundee’s best bands and musicians have been announced for a special gig aiming to tackle homelessness.

Discovery Music and Good Times Music Studios, both based in the city, are running the event on May 19 at Church on Ward Road.

The gig is part of a UK-wide initiative by Musicians Against Homelessness (MAH), an organisations created by music mogul Alan McGee.

The line-up consists of five acts from around the city and Glasgow band The Rain Experiment.

Acoustic musician Ryan Horne, 21, from Lochee, began playing solo last year following a stint as a bass player for another band.

Ryan Horne

Lonely Lost Boy is the stage name of Gordon Hennessy, originally from Menzieshill and latterly from Downfield.

Lonely Lost Boy has supported the likes of Gerry Cinnamon, Billy Mitchell and local legends The View.

Also added to the bill is new band from the city, Novella.

Two local legends have also been announced for the special gig, Nick Shane and indie rock band Carousel.

A veteran of Dundee’s music scene, Shane said he was excited to take part in the event.

He added: “I think the gig is absolutely brilliant.

Carousel playing at Church

“There is a massive problem with homelessness in Dundee and the way the homeless are treated in the city sometimes is disgusting.

“One thing I want to do for Dundee is improve the lives of the homeless community so I think the gig is an incredible way to begin to help.”

Carousel, recently named as one of the bands to watch out for in 2018, have been touring with promoters This Feeling this year.

Robi Islam, owner of Good Times Music Studios, said: “The gig is a fantastic way to give something back to the homeless community.

“We as a studio also think it is a fantastic opportunity to give newer bands a platform to perform in front of a big crowd in the city.

“There has been no end of people backing the event and wanting to get involved so I am really excited about it.

Nick Shane

“If this gig is a success we would be really interested in doing more to support such a great cause.

“Homelessness is a problem in the city so it is fantastic to give back.”

Martin Low, founder of Discovery Music, said: “Myself and Robi chose the line-up of bands we knew could pull in a crowd.

“We had so much interest from bands and artists wanting to play so it’s fantastic there has been so much support for the event and the cause behind it.

“With other gigs running up and down the country on the same day, it shows solidarity and support for the homeless community.

“I’m really looking forward to showcasing local talent and giving them a chance to perform.”

MAH puts on hundreds of gigs and festivals across the UK to raise money for homeless services.

It supports UK charity Crisis, the national charity for homeless people.

The Dundee gig will be one of many on May 19 in response to news that the streets of Windsor will be cleared of homeless people in the lead up to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding.

MAH announced “The Royal Bedding Day” and asked all supporters to join in putting on as many music events as possible across England, Scotland and Wales in support of homeless people.

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