Scottish musicians give artistic hand for charity

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

EFC returns to Scotland for its second year

EFC returns to Scotland for its second year

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 ReedNot 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 BlacksThe Cultha and Maggie Maysare available through TicketScotland and Events for Charities website, with prices starting at £8 in advance and £10 on the door.

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Dan Reed is just one of this years performers

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.

The festival has the best in original Scottish talent

The festival has the best in original Scottish talent

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 (TicketScotlandEvents for Charities).

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Positively Bob Dylan

It’s exam time! Hence the lack of posts recently.

After four hours of law today and a lot of stress over the past few weeks this song seems to sum everything up perfectly.

Bob Dylan – Positively 4th Street

The song which captures your every emotion.

You got a lotta nerve
To say you are my friend
When I was down
You just stood there grinning

You got a lotta nerve
To say you gota helping hand to lend
You just want to be on
The side that’s winning

You say I let you down
You know it’s not like that
If you’re so hurt
Why then don’t you show it

You say you lost your faith
But that’s not where it’s at
You had no faith to lose
And you know it

I know the reason
That you talk behind my back
I used to be among the crowd
You’re in with

Do you take me for such a fool
To think I’d make contact
With the one who tries to hide
What he don’t know to begin with

You see me on the street
You always act surprised
You say, “How are you?” “Good luck”
But you don’t mean it

When you know as well as me
You’d rather see me paralyzed
Why don’t you just come out once
And scream it

No, I do not feel that good
When I see the heartbreaks you embrace
If I was a master thief
Perhaps I’d rob them

And now I know you’re dissatisfied
With your position and your place
Don’t you understand
It’s not my problem

I wish that for just one time
You could stand inside my shoes
And just for that one moment
I could be you

Yes, I wish that for just one time
You could stand inside my shoes
You’d know what a drag it is
To see you

Fall Out Boy: New Jam

When Rome’s in ruins
We are the lions
Free of the coliseums.

In poison places,
We are anti-venom,
We’re the beginning of the end

Tonight the foxes hunt the hounds,
And it’s all over now before it has begun,
We’ve already won.

We are wild, we are like young volcanoes
We are wild, Americana, exotica
Do you wanna feel a little beautiful baby? Yeah!
Oh!

Come on
Make it easy, say I never mattered
Run it up the flagpole
We will teach you how to make boys next door
Out of assholes
(Ha Ha)

Tonight the foxes hunt the hounds,
And it’s all over now before it has begun,
We’ve already won.

We are wild, we are like young volcanoes
We are wild, Americana, exotica
Do you wanna feel a little beautiful baby? Yeah!
Oh!

We are wild, we are like young volcanoes
We are wild, Americana, exotica
Do you wanna feel a little beautiful baby? Yeah!
Oh!

Fall Out Boy Stream Album

Student magazine post.

The Edit

The 20 November 2009 was a dark day for many music fans; another band called it a day and decided to go their separate ways.

But it has finally happened four years later: FALL OUT BOY ARE BACK!

And they are oh so good.

This morning (10:11) their latest release Save Rock and Roll, the first since 2008s Folie à Deux and the announcement of their 2009 ‘indefinite hiatus’, started streaming on the bands official website.

The album features a mix of classic old school Fall Out Boy, new Fall Out Boy and definitely more than enough ‘Fall Out Boy are back better than ever’ moments; and tracks with  Courtney Love, Big Sean and even some guy called Elton John.

It was first announced that the Illinois four piece were not only back together, ready to tour and had a completed album on February 4 2013, along with…

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Wide Days Returns to Scotland

Scottish convention for those starting in the music industry

Scottish convention for those starting in the music industry

Interested in music? The Wide Days Scottish Music Industry conference is for you.

Taking place on the 10th and 11th of April (a Thursday and Friday) music enthusiasts, or anyone for that matter, can go along to the Edinburgh based event and hear speeches from music publishers, independent live music promoters alongside photographers and much more.

This year’s seminars include a look into:

  • The role of Indie promoters
  • The fine art of publishing
  • Selling music online
  • Online Toolbox and much more

Starting in 2010 by Wide Days founder Olaf Furniss the two day event is great for anyone who wants to get a head start in the music industry.

Speakers at this year’s event include Jay Taylor from The Rugby Lounge venue in Manchester beside other panel speakers.

Musical speakers include featuring Scottish Jazz Federation Director, Cathie Rae, folk musician Findlay Napier and Dave Hook, frontman with Scotland’s biggest hip-hop act, Stanley Odd.

Stanley Odd – Get Out Ma Headspace

The event, which was set up to allow music industry veterans give advice to those who wish to enter the industry, will be held at the University of Edinburgh’s Teviot Row House and tickets are still available.

Time to Give Roxanne the Green Light?

We all deserve rights no matter the industry we are in.

We all deserve rights no matter the industry we are in

INVOLVEMENT in the sex industry is still seen as taboo and with that taboo comes a danger of forgetting the people who work within the industry – who eventually become victims of their trade.

From young women going into sex salons to work or exotic dancing to pay off student loans or women who need to resort to prostitution to fund their drug habits, turning a blind eye to their situation can lead to serious consequences.

Prostitution, paying someone for sex, is not regulated in the United Kingdom and is still legal but activities involved around prostitution are illegal; including organised sex activities such as pimping and running a brothel.

Times are beginning to change, last year members of the Scottish Parliament attempted to bring in a law making prostitution illegal in Scotland, but would this help sex industry workers?

Labour MSP, Rhoda Grant, proposed the Purchase of Sex Bill to Parliament but it was quickly rejected by Holyrood, but this raises the issue on how we can keep sex workers safe if prostitution were to become illegal.

Becoming a prostitute, working as an escort or in a brothel can not be seen as a welcoming career choice for many.

The dangers when working on the streets is rife for sex workers.

Violence is expected with every turn with the Against Violence and Abuse Project (AVA) stating on their website that “68% of women in prostitution will experience violence”.

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Violence towards sex workers is not usually reported

Many women who fall into this life have had troubled pasts and require support to get out of the sex industry or even support on how to care for themselves working.

The legality of prostitution makes there a sense of acceptance that some women work the streets – most times as their last option – and are protected by the law for their work.

Since joining the European Convention of Human Rights Act in 1949 the UK made a promise to ensure that every member of the State’s basic human rights were being upheld.

This includes those who work in the sex industry.

Even though prostitution is legal in the UK there is still taboo which leads to more danger for sex workers.

How do they know that if they become a victim of violence or rape they will not be judged by authorities?

SlutWalk is an organisation who work, unfunded, to help women who are victimised for being raped; as well as supporting the legality of sex workers.

The first SlutWalk march took place in April 2011, Toronto, Canada to show unity towards the victims of rape and the workers and former workers of the sex industry.

Women fight for their rights.

Women fight for their rights

SlutWalk London 2012 ensure that their walks highlight that women who are raped are not at fault, no matter what situation it happened in, and ensure that sex workers feel safe and have the same opportunities as every other person.

A member of SlutWalk London, Anastasia Richardson, described what the criminalisation of prostitution would mean for sex workers:“Criminalisation is the single biggest obstacle to sex workers staying safe from rape. Sex workers don’t report rapists because they know that since they are criminalised by the law, the police will pursue them for prostitution offences rather than pursuing their violent attackers.”

Working in the tabooed industry means that sex workers are constantly at risk due to the fact their attackers may never be prosecuted.

Anastasia continued “this means that rapists go free to rape again, knowing that the law fully condones their actions.

Rapists have actually told the police that they attacked sex workers because they didn’t think sex workers would report.”

If MSPs tried to pass a law to criminalise prostitution again how many women would be failed by the system and sent to, overfilled, prisons and be victims of violence but too afraid to speak up?

The AVA website states: “street prostitution is estimated to be ten times more dangerous than working from a house or flat“ and this is why safety for sex workers must be ensured; prostitutes must know that they can rely on the police and government to help them through and violent attacks.

Making prostitution illegal would mean many dangers for sex workers.

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The risk of violence would be even greater, there would be less remorse towards people who were attacked and it would also mean working alone would become more dangerous for sex workers.

Anastasia concluded that “the criminalisation of clients would also make sex workers more vulnerable to rape, as sex workers wouldn’t be able to check if clients were dangerous or not as they would have to take the client straight away to stay secret. ”

The government needs to ensure vulnerable sex workers are kept safe and protected by authorities; despite their profession.

To make prostitution illegal in Scotland, and even the rest of the UK, the industry would become even more tabooed and hide vulnerable women, who’s lives are in danger, due to their potential ‘illegal behaviour’

MISHMASH it Today

I’m not a fan of mashing and mixing different songs together, especially ones from completely different categories.

However this little gem, from Go Periscope, has opened my eyes to the wonders of good remixes.

If you like what you here why don’t you download the FREE ten track album now.