Saturday 1 February 2014

Martin House Children’s Hospice. ‘Charity Music Auction ’.2014

In the countdown to Leeds&Reading 2014, Martin House Children’s Hospice and Festival Republic present their second ‘Charity Music Auction’.
Acts, mainly from Leeds & Reading 2013, have very kindly signed various pieces of music memorabilia to raise money for the Yorkshire hospice. The likes of Biffy Clyro, Frank Turner, Jake Bugg and The Lumineers have given items such as signed vinyl, a signed guitar, signed Leeds Festival posters and a signed set list.
The bidding commences on the hospice’s eBay page on Friday 7th February, with the items available to preview on the charity’s website from 4th February. Through the power of social networking and media support, Martin House hope to attract significant support and interest, which in turn will raise the profile and awareness for the charity! The auction following 2012’s festivals raised a fantastic £5,000 and, as importantly, attracted a new audience to the charity.
This innovative way of fundraising is a result of Martin House’s strong relationship with Festival Republic, who have supported the hospice since 2004. Their connection later led to the inception of the Centre Stage fundraising music competition, for local under 21 year olds, where winning acts perform at both Leeds and Reading. Now in its fifth year, Martin House are currently accepting registrations.

23/2/14 -      BIFFY CLYRO
22/2 -             THE LUMINEERS
21/2 -             FRANK TURNER 
20/2 -             ALT J
19/2 -             THE 1975
18/2 -             JAKE BUGG
17/2 -             DON BROCO
16/2 -             HEAVENS BASEMENT 
15/2 -             THE VIRGINMARYS
14/2 -             BRING ME THE HORIZON
13/2 -             KODALINE
12/2 -             ITCH
11/2 -             CHVRCHES
10/2 -             FEED THE RHINO
9/2 -               SKIN
8/2 -               TWISTED WHEEL
7/2 -               MALLORY KNOX

Auction begins Friday 7th February 2014 on Martin House’s Charity Ebay page, where items will go up daily:
Preview items at  from 4th February. Each lot will be up for seven days, with every penny going to Martin House Children’s Hospice.

Centre Stage:
Heats: The Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds – 22nd – 24th April 2014
Final: O2 Academy, Leeds – 23rd July 2014

 “I’d encourage everyone to get involved; it could be you playing at Leeds & Reading”
Melvin Benn – MD Festival Republic

The premise of the Centre Stage competition is to give young bands and artists a fantastic platform and exposure whilst raising vital funds for Martin House Children’s Hospice. Now in its fifth year, the competition has so far provided a platform for over 130 young, Yorkshire acts and raised £150,000 for the hospice. Centre Stage has the support of Embrace, The Pigeon Detectives, The Cribs, Pulled Apart by Horses and Festival Republic.

In order to enter, artists must be under 21 years old, in North or West Yorkshire, and be committed to undertake their own fundraising ventures for the hospice: the perfect example of young people helping young people.

Martin House Children’s Hospice: cares for over 300 children and young people, throughout Yorkshire, who have a life limiting illness. They support their families too, through the life of their child and through their bereavement, and are currently supporting 120 bereaved families, too. Martin House needs to raise almost £5m this year to run, receiving less than 12% from Government sources.

Contact: Sarah at 01937 844569
Twitter - @centrestage2014  // Facebook – Centre Stage Competition