Limelight Snow Patrol Charity gig a night to REMember
A special gig at Belfast venue, The Limelight in December, headlined by special guests, Snow Patrol has raised over £10,000 for Alzheimer’s Research UK.
On 30th December, a little piece of music history was made as Snow Patrol joined a stellar line-up of local artists to perform at a one-off fundraiser in Limelight 1. Described by many in attendance as one of the standout gigs off 2013, the themed evening, called ‘REMember’, paid homage to American rock band R.E.M., who announced their split in 2011. Local acts Amidships, The Jane Bradfords, Katie & The Carnival and Runaway GO performed a mix of original material and R.E.M. covers, before Snow Patrol took to the stage for a 50-minute set.
Three of the band – singer Gary Lightbody, guitarist Nathan Connolly and keyboardist Johnny McDaid – opened with their version of R.E.M.’s Nightswimming, before treating the 800-strong crowd to some of their chart hits. As well as proceeds from ticket sales, money for the charity was raised by raffling off a signed Snow Patrol set-list, which fetched £1,041 alone.
The evening of entertainment was organised by DJ and broadcaster, Joe Lindsay. The 42 year old is supporting the charity in honour of a close family member who has Alzheimer’s disease.
Commenting on his motivation for organising the concert in support of Alzheimer’s Research UK, Joe Lindsay said:
“A close relative of mine has Alzheimer’s and was diagnosed seven years ago. It’s a devastating disease that directly or indirectly affects everyone I know, yet research into Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias is so drastically underfunded.
“I’ve wanted to put on a gig to raise money for research for a while and chose the R.E.M. theme as I’m a massive fan and the group had such an influence on so many acts, including many of the groups which performed on the night. As a country we love to raise money through music and it’s something we do well. We have a great music community in Belfast and the atmosphere on the night was incredible.
“It was a big ask for Snow Patrol to headline the night as they’re rarely at home at the same time. I’ve known the boys for years and they didn’t hesitate when I asked if they’d perform at the event. They’re just a great bunch of lads who happen to be amazingly talented and successful. They haven’t forgotten where they come from and they were more than happy to support such an important cause.”
Jodie Vaughan, Community Fundraising Manager at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said:
“We are absolutely thrilled by the amount raised by Joe through his incredible concert. Although the final total is yet to be calculated, Alzheimer’s Research UK can expect to receive around £10,000 from the night – enough to pay for 500 hours of world-class research.
“There are hundreds of thousands of people across the UK living with dementia today, including nearly 16,000 people in Northern Ireland, with over 2,500 of those living in Belfast. Dementia poses one of the greatest threats to public health now and in the future but funding still lags significantly behind other serious diseases. We rely on wonderful supporters like Joe to fund our groundbreaking research and the money raised from the concert will make a big difference.”
Proceeds from ticket sales for the sold out show, along with donations made by Limelight customers on and since the gig have been tallied together to make the grand total of £10,749.86.
Speaking ahead of the cheque presentation, Phil Donaldson from The Limelight said:
“The REMember fundraiser was a fantastic night for the NI music scene, with great local acts coming together to raise much-needed funds for an excellent charity. Our thanks go to everyone that worked so hard to make this event possible – particularly Joe Lindsay, Ticketmaster Ireland, Snow Patrol and Rigsy. We’d also like to thank everyone that bought a ticket to the show and donated on the night and for their valuable contribution to raising funds for this most worthy cause.”
For further information about Alzheimer’s Research UK, or to find out more about fundraising for the charity, call 0300 111 5555 or visit www.alzheimersresearchuk.org