Bedford Gig Buddies charity to benefit from IDLES event featuring Stewart Lee

The Bedford chapter of the Gig Buddies charity will benefit from a live music and comedy event this June, organised by IDLES’ bassist, Adam ‘Dev’ Devonshire.

The online gig will feature comedy from Stewart Lee and Seann Walsh as well as music from Mclusky and Willie J Healey.

IDLES’ frontman, Joe Talbot has designed an exclusive t-shirt and an online raffle – with prizes from The National, Sharon Van Etten and Mogwai – will raise more vital funds that will be shared with Gig Buddy schemes throughout the UK.

The Gig Buddies scheme was set up in Bristol in 2012 and there are now 11 chapters in the UK, including Bedford.

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Gig Buddies tackles loneliness and increases access to live events and culture by matching adults with learning disabilities (and/or autism) with a volunteer who shares the same interests so they can go to gigs and events together.

IDLES bassist Dev said: “After witnessing first-hand what vital and wonderful work Gig Buddies do, it has been an honour and a privilege for me to be working with them and raising awareness of the wonderful service that they provide.

“Music and live events provide us all with so much happiness and catharsis and everyone deserves to have that joy in their lives.”

The event will be streamed from Exchange in Bristol on Sunday 20 June. Tickets are available to purchase now for a suggested donation of £5 with an additional option to enter the raffle.

The online gig will feature comedy from Stewart Lee, Seann Walsh, and Josh Weller, and music from Mclusky, Willie J Healey, TV Priest, Fenne Lily, Dogeyed and Wilderman.

“We are so excited by IDLES getting behind the Gig Buddies organisations and raising awareness of how we support people with learning disabilities to go out to gigs and stay up late,” said Fizz Hestletine from the Bedford chapter.

“The funding revenue from the T-shirt sales will be shared across all the Gig Buddies services – this means that we will get additional funding to spend on exciting things to do as a group, and to help pay for gig tickets for our matched Gig Buddies partners.”

Fizz said the service has been invaluable to their members and to parent carers.

“Our volunteers have supported people to go to their first music festival, to watch England U21s play football, and to find new bands and music that they like; this has been with the invaluable help of Bedford Esquires.

“Anyone interested in being a Gig Buddy volunteer can email us at gigbuddiesbedford@gmail.com, or download an enquiry form on our website.”

You can purchase tickets for the event and/or buy raffle tickets here.

T-shirts are available here.

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