Lulu to perform intimate Wickerman gig to raise money

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One of the country’s best loved rock and soul voices, the legendary Lulu, is set to perform a special charity gig this July at Wickerman, Scotland’s hottest summer music festival.

In addition to an evening appearance on the main Summerisle Stage on Friday 24th July, Lulu will also perform an intimate acoustic set that afternoon to raise funds for Maggie’s, the charity which provides free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their family and friends.

Festival revelers will have the unique opportunity to get up close and personal with Lulu at the performance and take part in a Q & A with the iconic singer afterwards. The charity gig will take place at 5pm on Friday in Pianoman Tent– a new Festival feature for 2015. The limited gig spaces will be on a first come, first served basis and donations will be encouraged on the door to help fund the vital work that Maggie’s Centres carry out for cancer patients and their families throughout the UK.

Lulu commented: “I’m looking forward to performing a few acoustic songs and answering questions from the audience in the Pianoman Tent at this year’s Wickerman.

The songs will be performed in a different style to the ones that I will be performing later that evening on the main stage. Knowing that this intimate performance will be for a truly worthy cause is fantastic and I look forward to being a part of it.”

Often described as an ‘oasis’ for people with cancer and their family and friends, Maggie’s Centres are staffed by a team of qualified professionals, including Cancer Support Specialists, Benefits Advisors, Nutritionists and Psychologists who can support in whichever way best suits. It will also house a designated chill out zone where people in need can enjoy some rest and recuperation, practice yoga and listen to poetry.

The new Pianoman Tent will house a dedicated Maggie’s team offering a drop in service throughout the day to offer anyone affected by cancer practical, emotional and social support.

After dusk the venue will be transformed into a lively piano bar which will showcase a selection of the finest pianists, all of whom will be donating their time to support the charity. Artists topping the bill will be one of Scotland’s busiest party duos, Bleeker, and Edinburgh’s Fingers piano bar legends Marc the Piano Guy and Paul Crompton. The piano itself was also kindly donated by Glasgow’s McLarens Pianos.

After her own personal journey battling breast cancer, the Pianoman Tent is something very close to the heart of Festival Director, Jenny Camm.

Jenny Camm, Festival Director, commented: “Having the Pianoman Tent at the Festival for the first time this year will be incredibly special and we hope it will provide an informal environment for those affected by the disease to find support in the day time and then to let their hair down and have some fun as the sun sets. It’s a real privilege to have Lulu supporting the charity by playing this unique gig and it will certainly offer Wickerman fans something a little different to kick off their weekend with us.”

In addition to the Pianoman Tent Wickerman will also raise funds for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity with a brand new on site retro BlushBooth campervan, where festival lovers can pay a donation for some specially branded Wickerman snaps of themselves. Wickerman is one of the UK’s best-loved independent music festivals and is now entering its 14th consecutive year. With nine stages featuring an eclectic and exciting mix of leading artists, alternative acts and up-and-coming talent, the two day summer party caters for all musical tastes.

Published on 06 July 2015 by Ben Robinson

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