SSAW (School Students Against War) Gig
The Casa, Hope Street
Friday 1st September, 2006
Last Friday (School Students Against War) held their first fundraising event
– a gig in a city centre venue, the Casa.
Nearly 100 people attended the gig where five local bands played under
a banner bearing the slogan ‘Hands Up For Peace’ (covered
in hand prints of people who want to see the end to war) which had been
made by members of the organisation.
First to play were ‘Our Special Guests’ who were the youngest
band. Despite their lead singer being on a family holiday in Edinburgh,
they managed to pull off covers of classic songs as well as a few they
had written themselves.
In contrast, next up was Alun Parry, possibly the oldest person in the
whole place but still a huge favourite (‘Tyro’ later dedicated
one of their songs to him…) with his political folk songs.
‘In Memory’ then brought yet another style to the proceedings
– Hardcore Metal, where the first mosh pits of the evening began
to break out. They gave it their all and the outcome certainly reflected
Their friends ‘Kawada’, who have played in the legendary
Cavern Club four times already this year, followed, showing their support
for the anti-war movement. Their acoustic style rock was crowd pleaser.
Finally, ‘Tyro’ gave the night a finish to remember, beginning
with well-known sing-along songs such as ‘Teenage Kicks’ and
‘Monster’. This was their first ever gig but they already
have a strong fan base and many original songs.
After the event, Anna (aged 13) who had helped organise the affair said
“It was a great event, proving that young people do care about current
situation in the Middle East. We were really happy with the amount of
money that we raised and hope that it has encouraged people to get involved
with SSAW and come to the demo in September. Plus, there was great mosh
The planning was not without hitches– the lack of a drum kit until
the day before the event being just one- but in the end everything ran
smoothly and to schedule with over £300 being raised. The money
will be put towards publicising the September 23rd demo at the Labour
Party Conference in Manchester as well as subsidising people to travel
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Comment left by There_are_peas on 30th March, 2007 at 8:27
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