MUSICIANS united in their determination to make a difference to the lives of those fleeing conflict and oppression by doing what they do best.
Some of the best bands in the city performed a show to raise money for the Red Cross and Save the Children at the Wedgewood Rooms in Southsea last night.
‘We live very comfortable lives and suddenly we’ve been confronted with these appalling images and it’s very upsettingLea Brophy
It was organised by Danny Harmer from the band Days of Rabblement in response to the terrible stories coming from refugee camps around the world.
Danny said: ‘It came from seeing and hearing about the horrors that people are experiencing.
‘People are running away from oppression, war and violence in places like Syria, Sudan and elsewhere.
‘I organised Portsmouth Musicians for Refugee Support out of embarrassment of the lack of action by our government.
‘I wanted to get people together from our community and raise as much money as we can.
‘The reaction we had from people when we said we were putting on this event was amazing.
‘Within half an hour, 10 bands said they wanted to play but unfortunately we could only fit six on the bill.’
Joining Danny and his band were headliners The Soul Suspects, Ismael Clark and the Cosmic Athletes, Four Folds Law, Ross Murphy Band and Jimi and the Jaffa Cakes.
Lea Brophy, from Soul Suspects, said: ‘We didn’t hesitate to get involved because it’s such a great cause.
‘It’s very important for musicians to give something back to the community and movements happening across the world.
‘We live very comfortable lives and suddenly we’ve been confronted with these appalling images and it’s very upsetting.
‘In my day job, I’m part of a language training organisation and we have people from all over the world – the Middle East, Far East, Africa.
‘It could happened to any one of us. It’s just about where you are born and if you’re lucky.
‘It’s about human beings and that gets lost in politics.’