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The Amber Squad and The Prods join line-up for Ukraine benefit gig at Borderville Sports Centre, in Stamford



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Musicians are set to come together for a big benefit concert in Stamford to support the Ukraine humanitarian appeal.

Ten acts have confirmed to play at the Ukrainian Crisis Concert on Sunday, May 22 at the Borderville Sports Centre, in Stamford, from 12.30pm to around 6.30pm.

Tickets have gone on sale and the early response has been good, with promoters looking to sell out the Ryhall Road venue which has a capacity of around 300.

The concert will take place at Borderville in May
The concert will take place at Borderville in May

The concert was the idea of Stamford drummer and drum teacher Steve Andrews, who called in Richard Beechey and Graham Tyers of The Amber Squad to help.

"We did something similar two-and-a-half years ago for a local musician who had dementia," said Richard, lead vocalist with the reunited new wave band.

"It was a fantastic day and we were able to buy him a special chair with the proceeds.

The Amber Squad reformed to play gigs for charities and good causes
The Amber Squad reformed to play gigs for charities and good causes

"We said at the time it was a day that couldn't be repeated, but we thought this is also a very worthy cause, and with coming out of covid we think people are ready for something like this.

"We want this to be a family event and are hoping to arrange a few things for the kids to do."

As well as The Amber Squad, London-based punk band The Prods feature as part of an eclectic bill which also includes violinist Asa Monaghan.

London punk band The Prods will play the Ukraine benefit gig in Stamford. Photo: Mago Dncn
London punk band The Prods will play the Ukraine benefit gig in Stamford. Photo: Mago Dncn

The full confirmed line-up is The Prods, The Amber Squad, The Dancing Wuli Masters, Rita and the Rogues, Paul McClure, Archie Maclennan, Mat and Lottie, Stamford Ska, Eleanor Turner, Asa Monaghan.

All of the acts are playing for free, while New College Stamford and Stamford Football Club have agreed to waive any hire fee for the venue.

Tickets cost £10 and are available by clicking here.

Rita and the Rogues
Rita and the Rogues

There is also an option to add a donation when buying tickets, with all proceeds going to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.

"It is going to be an ongoing situation for a long time so the idea is to raise as much as possible," Richard added.

"It's truly dreadful what's going on over there."

Eleanor Turner will provide reflective music
Eleanor Turner will provide reflective music

If you can donate cash or a raffle prize to help then day, please e-mail Richard at rbeechey@talktalk.net.

• Totally Anchored and Pennyless are to stage a free gig on Saturday in aid of Ukraine.

The two bands will perform live from 6pm at the Anchor pub, in Eastgate, Bourne.



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