One-of-A-Kind Prizes From Slowdive, Mogwai & Four Tet to be Won at Dev (IDLES) Gig Buddies Fundraiser
On Sunday, June 20th, IDLES bassist Adam ‘Dev’ Devonshire has organised an online event streamed live from Exchange in Bristol as a Gig Buddies fundraiser. With stand-up comedy from Stewart Lee, Seann Walsh and Josh Weller and music from Mclusky, Katy J Pearson, Willie J Healey, TV Priest, Fenne Lily, Dogeyed and Wilderman.
There will also be an online raffle and an auction of some seriously incredible prizes, so if you’re a die-hard Mogwai, Slowdive or Four Tet fan, here’s your chance to win something unique.
So what’s all this in aid of then? I hear you ask. Well, Gig Buddies are a charity in England, Scotland and Wales, with eleven offices around the country in Bedford, Bradford. Brighton & Hove, Calderdale, Cardiff, Croydon, Glasgow, Hull, Oxford, Mid Lothian, Portsmouth and West Lothian, plus a branch in Sydney, Australia.
The idea behind Gig Buddies is to enable people with learning disabilities and/or autism to enjoy all the great things going on in their community, especially live music. Gig Buddies is a project that pairs up people with and without learning disabilities (and/or autism) to be friends and to go to events together. The Gig Buddies project aims to make volunteering easier for people by enabling volunteers to go to gigs they’d already probably be going to anyway, but with someone with a learning disability. This means they’ll be sharing their passions and be able to fit their volunteering around their other commitments.
As a mum of a wonderful 8-year-old boy with Downs Syndrome and Autism, this is a cause close to my heart. I can’t wait for my boy to be old enough to come to gigs with me, but I’ll be 50 before that happens, and I can barely stand up through the support act without my back going these days. Not only that, while I may be a cool as fuck mum now (*side-eyes*), my son is not likely to think so. And in twenty-plus years, he’s not going to be wanting to go to gigs with his mother when I’m 64. He should be with people around his own age, with the same passions as his.
It’s this kind of thing that used to keep me awake at night as a parent of a child with learning difficulties. I hated the thought that my son wouldn’t be able to do some of the things other young adults do without a second thought. I never want him to miss out on anything, especially not live music. He loves Deftones, IDLES and Dolly Parton already. The boy will go wild when he can hear it all live, on stage, with the light shows and crowds of people sharing his energy. Knowing that a group of people exist who recognise this is important to people with disabilities, and their families is worth more than I could tell you. Just knowing that there are volunteers who want to befriend people with the same interests as theirs, and they don’t give two hoots about them having a learning disability and/or autism makes me feel a lot brighter about the future.
So, now we know what a great cause this Gig Buddies fundraiser is, let’s look at some of the prizes on offer in the auction and raffle:
Mogwai — Come On Die Young and Young Team test presses PLUS the flute they used on Mogwai Fear Satan.
Slowdive — Cassette demo from 1988, pre-Creation records. The first-ever piece of music with the name Slowdive on it.
Four Tet — A rare 12″ album that label scrapped and only handed a few copies out to fans. Never had a copy sold, according to Discogs.
Young Fathers — Ltd edition blue vinyl of Cocoa Sugar + tote bag
Declan Mckenna — 2x tickets to Brixton show 18/09/21
Klämp — Signed record + 5 t-shirts
As you can see, every single prize on this list is amazing! So buy your raffle tickets at just £2 a pop and be in for a chance of winning something extraordinary, and support the Gig Buddies fundraiser at the same time. It’s a win-win. Not only that, but you can also get your ticket to Sunday’s hottest event streamed live from Exchange in Bristol. With stand-up comedy from Stewart Lee, Seann Walsh and Josh Weller and music from Mclusky, Katy J Pearson, Willie J Healey, TV Priest, Fenne Lily, Dogeyed and Wilderman. All that for a fiver! (though you are welcome to donate more).
I hope to virtually feel your presence there this Sunday (20th June) at 6 pm. Buy your tickets here: HEAD FIRST BRISTOL