Celebs unite for homeless Live Aid
Liam Gallagher, Bob Geldof, and John Cleese are among a raft of stars who will take part in a rough sleeping event dubbed Live Aid for the homeless.
It is hoped Sleep in the Park will see around 9,000 people camp overnight at Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh to raise cash for the Social Bite charity.
Gallagher, Amy Macdonald, Deacon Blue, and Frightened Rabbit will perform acoustic “busker” sets at the Ross Bandstand. Rob Brydon will host and Cleese will read a bedtime story.
Geldof said: “When we launched Live Aid in 1985, it showed the power of music and events to create real and important social change. I first met Josh and Alice from Social Bite five years ago and I am delighted to support them and their effort to eradicate homelessness in Scotland by sleeping out in the cold at the event.
“The event has the potential to be a game changer in tackling the issue and I am right behind it, even if a little nervous to brave a cold Scottish winter’s night.”
Gallagher said: “Ever since Oasis got signed in Glasgow at King Tut’s, Scotland has always had a special place in my heart. The fans are among the best in the world. I’m looking forward to playing in Edinburgh and supporting this charity. I hope the event helps as many people back on their feet as possible.”
Organisers have a fundraising target of £4m (€4.3m), but are also looking to generate 1,000 employment offers and 1,000 lodging pledges.
It comes as part of Social Bite’s aim to eradicate homelessness in Scotland within five years.
No tickets will be sold for Sleep in the Park, meaning members of the public and businesses can only attend by reaching fundraising targets and accepting the sleep-out challenge.
A host of other celebrities, sports personalities, and figures from across the political spectrum are expected to camp out overnight. Josh Littlejohn, co-founder of Social Bite, said: “We’ve got a bit of an all-star line-up. In my mind, I see this as the Live Aid of homelessness in Scotland.”
The event takes place on September 9.
Liam Gallagher: Will perform an acoustic set during event.