Minerva Learning Trust
19th July 2019

#GoGoGreen Bowie Tribute Gig

The hugely popular David Bowie tribute band, The Bowie Contingent, have announced that they will play a Tramlines fringe gig on 19 July, 2019 to raise funds for Hunter’s Bar Infant School #GoGoGreen project.

The #GoGoGreen project, which includes pioneering research into playground air quality by The University of Sheffield’s BREATHE project, aims to build a barrier of plants and shrubs around the school; filtering pollution from passing traffic.

Money raised through ticket and bar sales for the gig, which is being hosted by High Storrs Secondary school, will help pay for the plants and materials needed for the project. The project aims to use plants and planting configurations designed by the University and industry specialists to build a green barrier that will wrap around the playground of Hunter’s Bar Infant School at the busy intersection of Sharrow Vale and Junction Road.

Jason Richford, lead singer of the Bowie Contingent, said: ”We love Tramlines weekend and it’s a thrill to play this fringe event to raise money for the #GoGoGreen project. Tramlines weekend is all about loving music, celebrating Sheffield and showcasing talent. It’s our privilege to share a stage with Belle de Jour, an exciting young band with plans to release their first recording this year. And the fact that we can raise money for such a worthy cause, which will not only improve the air quality at Hunter’s Bar Infant School, but feeds into a much bigger ambition to support other inner-city schools to do the same, well... that’s just the icing on the Yorkshire Pud.”

Doors open at 7.30pm, Friday 19 July at the 400 capacity High Storrs School Main Hall. The good folk of Sheffield can expect a fully licensed bar and pizza from the Nether Edge Pizza Company, an eclectic mix of Bowie classics, poetry readings from celebrated poet and author, Rachel Bower and the newest, freshest sounds from musicians in residence; Belle de Jour. And that’s not all, lucky gig-goers could leave the venue with top-notch prizes following raffle donations from local eateries, bars, retailers and none-other than Sheffield music legend Richard Hawley, in support of the school’s drive to #GoGoGreen.

Hunter’s Bar Infant School’s ambitious plans to improve the health and well-being of their 270 pupils, staff and families don’t stop on their doorstep. The partnership between the school, the University and the many businesses that have come forward to support this project, is the first step on what is hoped to be a city-wide intervention to improve playground air quality. The research findings and blue print of the full project will be shared with other inner-city schools with the aim of sparking similar schemes across the city.

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