A special Belfast charity gig headlined by Snow Patrol has raised over £10,000 for Alzheimer’s Research UK.
The REMember fundraiser, which took place at The Limelight in December, paid homage to American rock band R.E.M and also included local bands Amidships, The Jane Bradfords, Katie & The Carnival and Runaway GO.
Snow Patrol’s singer Gary Lightbody, guitarist Nathan Connolly and keyboardist Johnny McDaid opened their set with a rendition 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 sold for over £1,000.
The event was organised by local DJ Joe Lindsay, in honour of a close family member who has Alzheimer’s disease.
He said: “A 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.
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.
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.”
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