Fundraising gig put on to support those caught up in refugee crisis

The Day Of The Rabblement performing at The Guide Awards
The Day Of The Rabblement performing at The Guide Awards

Experience some rarely played chamber pieces at Portsmouth Guildhall

  • Portsmouth Musicians For Refugee Support will be at the Wedgewood Rooms on October 1
  • Six acts are already on the bill with more to come
  • Money raised will go to The Red Cross, Save The Children and Don’t Hate, Donate
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SOME of the city’s best-known musicians have teamed up with the Wedgewood Rooms to put on a gig in aid of the refugee crisis.

Danny Harmer and Khaleda Brophy Harmer of Southsea-based The Day of the Rabblement hatched the idea for a fundraiser to help those in need.

It’s nice that there are people out there willing to give a voice to humanity rather than hatred

Khaleda Brophy Harmer

And when they approached the Albert Road venue, they found the owners more than ready to help.

The gig follows hot on the heels of the efforts started by the owners of Mexican takeaway Al’Burrito and other local businesses to gather provisions to help the refugees gathered at Calais.

Khaleda, the band’s singer and guitarist, said the idea grew out of conversations her and husband Danny had held about the matter.

She said: ‘It was because of the heartbreaking stuff that’s been on the news.

‘This was a way for us to do something good but using the skills we have, through music and putting on a gig.

‘Danny started going to the bands to ask them, but once people heard about it, it was something that they wanted to get involved in. It’s kind of exploded.

‘There’s so much right-wing nonsense about this situation, it’s nice that there are people out there willing to give a voice to humanity rather than hatred.’

All ticket sales and donations will be going to the British Red Cross, and Save the Children Refugee Appeals as well as the local Don’t Hate, Donate group. The latter group will be accepting donations of clothes and other useful items on the night.

Khaleda added: ‘This is a crisis where people need refuge to keep alive. We are giving to things like The Red Cross where you have got trained professionals who know what they’re doing.’

The full line-up so far is The Soul Suspects, Ismael Clark and the Cosmic Athletes, The Day Of The Rabblement, Four Folds Law, Ross Murphy Band, and Jimmy and the Jaffacakes, to be followed by late DJ sets.

The organisers hope to confirm more names for the bill in coming days.

Doors open at 7.30pm on Thursday, October 1. Tickets cost £6. Go to wedgewood-rooms.co.uk or call the box office on (023) 9286 3911.