Leicester music scene comes together in a fundraising event to help Australia
By Beatriz Abreu Ferreira
Leicester-based artists will be hosting a music festival to help raise money for small Australian charities struggling after the wildfires.
The festival Leicester Artists Relief for Australia (L.A.R.A.) will happen on March 22, with 40 acts across 6 stages.
The lineup has more than 50 acts including local legends such as Andrea Kenny, Ann Duggan, Better Off Dead, Elysian, Gallows High, Gu-Ru, Harrison Gent, Jersey Budd, Lee Spencer, Maryanne Ratcliffe, Michael Vickers, S.T.Manville, Try Subversion, Uncle Frank and The Whiskey Rebellion.
The L.A.R.A. website reports: “Here in Leicester we have a vibrant, eclectic, diverse yet close knit community of artists, musicians and independent businesses. Together, we feel we have a chance to make a real impact and provide solidarity to some very needy people and animals.
“Through L.A.R.A we want to raise as much as we can, whilst also providing a way for our community in Leicester to come together and show our love for our brothers, sisters and furry friends down under.”
The tickets cost £15 and give access to all stages. However, a bolt-on ticket, which will give access to the amazing lineup at 2 Funky Music Cafe, can be purchased for just £10.
All the funds will be split between small Australian charities, including the Goongerah Wombat Orphanage and Cobargo Wildlife Sanctuary.
Yasin El Ashrafi, record label owner and artists manager who programed one of the events, said: “The aim is to raise money for smaller Australian charities which usually get overlooked because big people usually get more help.
“The wildfires were such massive disaster. If it happened here it would be massive for us so just because it was in Australia, that is not a reason not to help,” he added.