Music showcase for bands & teen cancer

Iain Leslie (centre) with some of the acts performing at his music charity night at Kittys. Pic: FPA
Iain Leslie (centre) with some of the acts performing at his music charity night at Kittys. Pic: FPA
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A Fife College student has organised a charity night showcasing some of the best of the Kingdom’s up and coming talent.

Iain Leslie, who is studying drama at the College’s Kirkcaldy campus, says he believes that there’s many talented individuals in Fife who need a helping hand in getting themselves noticed.

The 32-year-old from Kirkcaldy is hoping the event which will be raising money for the Teenage Cancer Trust will be the first of many.

He said: “I worked for club 18-30 in the past and each year they have a nominated charity and the Teenage Cancer Trust was one of the charities that we worked with.

“At the moment I try to help upcoming bands, singers, artists into the limelight by trying to help them to promote themselves.

“I also do it to try and create awareness of my YouTube channel, so it works both ways. I help them and they help me as I’m trying to get into TV and film as an actor and presenter.

“So this is a way of helping the charity and these acts and bands. I’m friends with Mario Caira who runs Kitty’s and he’s given me the venue for the night so it’s down to me to do all the promotion for the event.”

Iain has had help from local businesses such as The Sign Company who have agreed to sponsor the event, whom he describes as “absolutely fantastic”.

Five acts have been lined up to perform; Darren Forbes from Kirkcaldy, Vertical Lips who are also from the Lang Toun, Dean Chalmers from Glenrothes and West Fife band Break the Butterfly.

There will also be entertainment half way through from dance act Noir.

“I want to make it a festival style theme on the night,” says Iain.

“I’m going to film the whole event and interview the bands before anyone comes in which will go on the You Tube channel. That’s also going to be a tie in with Fife College as some of the journalism students will be coming along to conduct interviews also.

“If it’s a successful as I hope it’s going to be I’m going to hold one every three months. I’ve already had bands and acts coming and asking me if I’m going to put on another one.

“I did think about getting in a couple of bigger names but I thought no, let’s give these guys a chance.

“It’s about getting the community so support these local bands and musicians. There’s potential for so much.”

The ‘Music Charity Night’ takes place at Kitty’s on Friday, November 7. Doors open at 9.00 p.m. Tickets £5.