Throughout the summer break of the football season the Newcastle West End Foodbank has been looking at different ways of raising much needed awareness, funds, and more importantly, food, for their foodbank initiatives.
Now, on the night of Friday August 4, ahead of the new football season, the fans initiative brings their first ‘Rock the Foodbank’ to the Tyne Bank Brewery on Walker Road where an evening of live music will aim to continue the momentum moving forward.
Masterminded by two former NUFC fanzine writers, Steve Hastie and Peter Mann, the evening will be compered by Newcastle’s Sharon Percy (recently seen in I, Daniel Blake) and with music from the likes of Jesse Lowes, St Buryan, Jonathon Honour, The Red Jets, Papa Lazarou, 18-year-old Evie Lake, and a special appearance from Preston’s Breaking Waves, it promises to be a fantastic fundraising night.
Speaking of the event Ms Percy said: “I’m always happy to help out with anything and have been involved with the foodbank initiative from the early stages last year.
“It’s presence outside the football ground (St James Park on a match day) does help but we need more momentum with it all moving forward. There’s a number of collection points around the region but the problem doesn’t just go away after one, two, five sessions, hence why we need to keep it up.
“I’ve a good insight myself into how people end up in situations like food/clothing poverty, rent arrears etc and that suddenly turns into a greater problem.
“Now it’s the summer holidays as well the situation is even more important – don’t forget, there’s always somebody out there that needs support so we do need to keep these things going as much as we can.”
Breaking Waves meanwhile have just recently played a set at the city centre’s Trillians Rock Bar where they were supported by local band, Bitter Enemies. Heading back to the region Phil Ireland didn’t hesitate in agreeing to put the band on, and they’ll be the main support to Dave Burn and Papa Lazarou.
Phil added: “We don’t mind doing these types of events and with it being for a really good cause we jumped at the chance to come back to Newcastle.
“We don’t really play there that often, in fact before the Trillians gig it was nine months ago the last time we were over.
“However, this does tie in quite nicely with what we’re doing at present and Newcastle have been really good to us so it’s nice that we’re able to give something back.”
The event, ‘Rock the Foodbank’ takes place at the Tyne Bank Brewery on Friday August 4. Doors opening at 6:30pm the first act is scheduled for 7pm and will run overall until late; entry fee is either a cash or food donation on the door.
More information can be found on the event page ‘Rock the Foodbank.’
Press release on Chronicle Live