The point of last night’s Versus Cancer show at the Carling Academy in Glasgow, didn’t hit home until Fran Healy asked “raise a hand if they knew someone with cancer” there were a lot of hands. The charity was set up in 2005 by ex Smiths bassist Andy Rourke and Nova Rehman after Nova’s father and sister were diagnosed with cancer.
The money raised from the show goes towards cancer research and raising awareness of the need for early detection of the disease.
This serious of gigs has seen performances from the likes of Noel Gallagher, Paul Weller, New Order and Ian Brown.
Last nights show was the first of its kind in Scotland and brought together some old favourites alongside a taster of up and coming acts. Ironically Echo and the Bunnymen billed as playing, had to cancel because of personal circumstances relating to cancer.
Seargent kicked off the evening with a short acoustic set before Attic Lights played to the rapidly filling hall. The Fratellis who have supported the charity before were next. Their condensed set included Chelsea Daggers and had the sea of Tartan ‘See you Jimmy Hats going wild.
Up next was comedian Greg Hemphill (Victor) star of TV’s Still Game and barely recognisable out of costume, he introduced Travis, the rightful headliners. The group played a greatest hits set belting out U16 girls, Turn, and Writing to Reach You before ending with a mass pogo for Why Does it Always Rain on Me.
There arte more charity gigs this weekend in the form of the free Shelter Show down at Mono this Sunday.