Lancaster musicians join national party

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Lancaster will take part in a national weekend of music events to raise money for people affected by welfare cuts.

The We Shall Overcome events will take place in more than 100 towns on the weekend of October 2 - 4.

Former Lancastrian and one of the event organisers, Pete Yeandle, said: “Instead of tens of thousands of people travelling to a single festival, this is a festival made up of hundreds of events – all locally organised, and all raising money and goods for food banks, homeless shelters and women’s refuges.

“It began as an idea after the election. A bunch of musicians got together to discuss the question of what could be done to help those who would be hammered by further welfare cuts.

“The answer was to play gigs for free and raise money. It’s gone stratospheric. We’ve organised over 220 events in over 100 towns, with many more still organising and yet to confirm their details.”

Artists play for free and venues will either waive their hire charge for rooms, or pay what they would have paid the musicians into the pot.

People attending are asked to donate food items, cash, or commitment to help out.

Friday October 2 sees the Yorkshire House in Parliament host Three Dimensional Tanx, Iron Seawolf, Long Lost Band, Jave (Andy Smith); and spoken word artist Trevor Meaney. From 8.30pm.

On Saturday October 3, the Robert Gillow features music from Jez Mort, Graham Winder, Linda Smalley, Beau Nafyde and Grievous Angels.

The Juke Joint (Lord Ashton) in North Road, will feature a vinyl session and a 4am licence.

On Sunday, October, October 4, between 5pm and 8pm, there are unplugged sessions with Kendal’s Izabella Kerr, Carlisle’s Blind Fiction, and locals Ewan Scarlett, Davy Malone and more to be confirmed.

Finaly, back at the Yorkshire House, Red n Black Collective present Oi Polloi, Lab Rats and Revenge of the Psychotronic Man.

The Bath in Morecambe has also organised three days worth of events, with music from between 10am and 11pm each day.