Snow Patrol gig raises £10,000 to help battle dementia
A charity concert in Belfast headlined by Snow Patrol raised more than £10,000 for Alzheimer's Research UK.
Three members of the Northern Irish/Scottish band, singer Gary Lightbody, guitarist Nathan Connolly and keyboard player Johnny McDaid, gave up free time over their Christmas break to perform at the gig at the Limelight in December.
The themed evening – 'REMember' – paid homage to American rock band R.E.M., which split in 2011. Local acts Amidships, The Jane Bradfords, Katie & The Carnival and Runaway GO performed a mix of original material and R.E.M. covers, before Snow Patrol took to the stage for a 50-minute set. The evening was organised by DJ and broadcaster Joe Lindsay.
Jodie Vaughan, community fundraising manager at Alzheimer's Research UK, said the £10,749 raised would be enough to pay for 500 hours of world-class research into the condition.