Dundee is leading the way in this month’s series of Oxjam fundraisers, with several events including Charity Begins at Home II.
This weekend (Fri 19 – Sun 21 October) a series of ‘secret gigs’ are taking place around the city and out in Fife with bands performing to select audiences in their own homes. The series of gigs is the brainchild of local photographer and promoter Daisy Dundee – her given surname, we like to imagine – which follows on from last year’s ‘shop window’ gigs in the Dundee branches of Oxfam.
Among the events planned, The Mirror Trap hope to recapture their recent Placebo support slot with a full ban show in their own front room, while in Fife, female singer Luna Webster will host a gig in her conservatory. On Saturday, events include classical pianist Stephen Lee and singer Pauline M Hynd will play a grand piano kitchen gig (big kitchen, we assume); singer-songwriter Billy Mitchell (of The Twist, who will also play a rooftop show) will perform in a makeshift home on a street corner, and The Blackbirds will play a weather-permitting (hmm) show on their deck.
That evening, Hookers for Jesus will host a house party with guests Vladimir, Playground Tactics and The Candy Store Prophets, while on Sunday, a public show hosted by Mass Consensus will welcome Cha Cha Heels, Vladimir and Union Chapel to the possibly unfamiliar surroundings of a local church.
Other oddities include Little Buddha in a bathroom, audio visual artist [BOX] rather disappointingly in the safe confines of his studio, and The Shithawks in a car park.
Things kicked off last weekend with a secret house gig hosted by new all-female band Blood Indians, who performed in their own dining room, and continued (as per this clip) on Sunday afternoon with acoustic duo Sleepers, their show viewable via a live internet stream for a donation.