Something for the Weekend: Local musicians appear on Facebook tomorrow

Luke La Volpe and Be Charlotte

Following the huge success of the inaugural Sofathon Singalong last month, the online music festival announces the line-up for the second edition, streaming live on your favourite Facebook pages on Saturday 9th May, in aid of the Music Venue Trust’s #SaveOurVenues campaign.

The streaming festival’s debut on 4th April racked up over half a million views from across the world on the Facebook pages of King Tut’s, Gigs In Scotland and Glasgowist during the 24-hour music marathon, whilst raising money to support the hundreds of at-risk music venues across the UK.

The second Sofathon Singalong will run for twelve hours, from 12 noon until midnight on Saturday 9th May, streaming live with the kind support and via the Facebook pages of Gigs In Scotland, King Tuts Wah Wah Hut, Glasgowist and new addition, Glasgow music and arts venue St Luke’s.

Word of the first Sofathon spread as far as the USA and Paul Wiltshire, founder and CEO of Songtradr, the world’s leading music licensing marketplace. “As a musician myself I once survived from gig to gig and I completely understand the impact that the current situation is having not only on music artists but the small, independent venues that they perform in. Songtradr has been focussed on assisting the artist ecosystem during this time and when we heard about what Sofathon Singalong and all the artists are doing in aid of the Music Venue Trust and the hundreds of venues which are currently at risk, we were delighted to support their efforts.”

Some of Scotland’s best breakthrough talents have joined the bill alongside a whole bunch of artists whose names may be new to you – you’re guaranteed to find your new favourite on Saturday. Sofathon founder Luke La Volpe, Dundee star Be Charlotte, Pearlfishers legend David Scott, current chart hit Stephanie Cheape, Glasgow’s voice-in-a-million kitti, Aberdeen heroes The Shackles, the extraordinary voices of Dovv and Kerr James, the wonderful Liv Dawn, BBC songwriter of the year Mike McKenzie, one-to-watch Kier Gibson, the mighty rabble rouser Cutchy Cash and a whole host of up-and-coming singers will make for a day of music discovery like no other.

See the full line-up and timings below.

Following the huge success of the first Sofathon Singalong, Luke La Volpe, who started the series on the 18th March, was invited to become a patron of the Music Venue Trust alongside Sir Paul McCartney, Billy Bragg, Elbow, Madness, KT Tunstall and Frank Turner – you can see the full list of patrons

Luke said: “It’s an absolute surprise and honour to be invited to be a Patron for the Music Venue Trust. When I looked at who else they have as patrons I was in shock. The past few weeks have been difficult for absolutely everyone on the planet and I was thinking of ways I could do something positive and all I really have to do that with is music.

When I came across the MVT and found out what they do for Grassroots venues it was a no brainer to put something together to help them and spread awareness. Sofathon Singalong started out as a little idea to play an online gig and get some of the people I know in other bands involved and it obviously struck a chord. Every artist starts off in these grassroots venues, including all the other MVT patrons, however big they’ve got, and without them you have no music business. I’m glad to be part of such a great initiative and will do my bit to ensure that the venues survive and can have us all back playing in front of people before too long.”

The Music Venue Trust #SaveOurVenues crowdfunding campaign aims to support the estimated 556 grassroots music venues across Scotland and the UK which are at the very real risk of permanent closure because of the current crisis.

Gigs In Scotland

15:00             Connor Fyfe

15:30             Mike McKenzie

16:00             Be Charlotte

16:30             David Scott (Pearlfishers)

19:00             Kerr James

19:30             Mark Sharp

20:00             Swim School

20:30             Cameron Barnes

21:00             Keir Gibson

21:30             Billy Mitchell

King Tut’s

16:30             Suzanne Butler

17:00             Gordon James (Gordon James & The Power)

17:30             North Atlas

18:00             kitti

18:30             Anton O’Donnell (Anton & The Colts)

19:00             Liv Dawn

19:30             Dovv

20:00             Stephanie Cheape

21:00             Callum Beattie

21:30             Kieran Fisher

22:00             The Shackles


12:00             Hayley McKay

12:30             Dan Leckie

13:00             Cutchy Cash

13:30             Toastie

14:00             Stone Dead John

14:30             Noel Quinn

15:00             Fraser Watt

16:30             Craig Weir

17:00             Sarah Angel

17:30             Dictator

18:00             Kev Howell

18:30             Tommy McGuire

19:00             St Mungo

19:30             Sarah Kaloheris

20:00             Pete Smith

20:30             Hedara

21:00             Nick Shane

St Luke’s

12:00             Erin Vivers Ferguson

12:30             Abby Gibson

13:00             Jordan Rose

13:30             Jen Ella

14:00             Hannah Slavin

14:30             Riley Music

15:00             Cameron Ledwidge

15:30             Sadie Marie

16:00             Chris Grieg (Chris Greig and the Merchants)

16:30             Russell Stewart

17:00             Joshua Grant

17:30             Torture & The Desert Spiders

18:00             Rob Kilmurry

18:30             Luke La Volpe

More information on the Music Venue Trust’s #SaveOurVenues Campaign at Music Venue Trust.

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