Breakfast gigs are a rarity at Aberdeen’s Lemon Tree but the music venue’s staff will be up at dawn on Tuesday, June 12, to help singer song-writer Amy Macdonald kick off her charity Gigathon.
She will stage an 8.30am acoustic performance at the city venue at part of the STV Appeal 2012 to begin a musical challenge that will see her perform five gigs in one day.
After the Lemon Tree, Amy will play Dundee’s Duke’s Corner at 12.30pm, Stirling’s The Tolbooth at 4pm, Edinburgh’s The Caves at 8pm and finally Glasgow’s SWG3 at 11pm.
Doors will be open half-an-hour before each performance and tickets costing £10 are available on www.ticketsoup.com , the proceeds of which all go directly to the STV Appeal 2012.
Stand-up comedian Bruce Devlin will welcome audiences and entertain before Amy’s performances. Online, stv.tv will follow Amy’s progress throughout the day; and footage from the Five A Day tour will be shown on the STV Appeal show later in the year.
Amy said: “This is the biggest number of performances I’ll have ever done in one day and I’m looking forward to it enormously.
“It’s going to be exhausting but so exciting – and I’m delighted to be doing this for the STV Appeal 2012, which supports Scotland’s most vulnerable children.”
For the Lemon Tree, APA head of programming Ben Torrie said: "This is a really exciting and worthwhile project, and it is great to be kicking off this whirlwind day of gigs at the Lemon Tree.
“Our staff are more used to evening work, but we'll make sure alarm clocks are set early for what is sure to be a fantastic performance from one of Scotland's best loved singers."
STV deputy director of channels Elizabeth Partyka said: “Five gigs in one day is no mean feat and we’re thrilled that Amy is taking on this challenge in aid of the STV Appeal 2012. We’ve lined up five fantastic venues, all of which are providing their services absolutely free of charge for this exciting day and we’d like to thank everyone involved in making this happen.”
The STV Appeal 2012 is committed to helping children and young people affected by poverty in Scotland.
The appeal was launched last year by The Hunter Foundation and STV, and in its inaugural year raised almost £1.3m. The STV Appeal spends 100 per cent of the money raised on the kids who most need it. Every single penny raised stays in Scotland. And as in 2011, the Scottish Government has once again committed to match funding the total amount raised.