A galaxy of Scotland’s top talent is taking to the stage in the final push for a Yes vote in the country’s historic referendum campaign.
The star-studded event by SCA Promotions is taking place at Edinburgh’s century-old Usher Hall on the evening of September 14, with tickets going on sale Monday.
The line-up includes worldwide triple platinum Scots rockers Franz Ferdinand, titans of noise Mogwai, cult indie-rock band Frightened Rabbit, McIntosh-Ross, a collaboration between Deacon Blue members Lorraine McIntosh and Ricky Ross, folk icon Eddi Reader and Scottish actress and comedian Elaine C Smith, plus more to be announced, coming together at one of Scotland’s grandest venues to show their support for Yes in the countdown to the referendum.
A statement from Mogwai said: “This is a really exciting time for Scotland and it’s great to be part of this event to campaign for #VoteYes in such an iconic venue with some top Scottish talent.
“In just a few weeks we will have the once in a lifetime opportunity to take our place on the global stage and show the world what we are made of. With independence we will be able choose not to waste £100bn on a new generation of nuclear weapons and to be a force for good in the world.
“It’s time for the decisions about Scotland to be made by the people who care most about Scotland – the people of Scotland.”
These sentiments were echoed by Frightened Rabbit, who said: “This referendum provides a major opportunity for Scotland to take control and make decisions for the good of the country and the people who live here. We are a nation of such great wealth and talent in all areas that we’ve not only got what it takes, but we deserve to be in the driving seat of our own destiny. We can do a better job.
“This night at the Usher Hall not only shows the great support for Yes with such a brilliant Scottish line up but it’s also really important we try to reach out to people through every way and that includes music. This is a once in a life time opportunity so I would urge everyone to get involved, register to vote before the deadline on Wednesday and come along and enjoy a brilliant night for Scotland.”
Ricky Ross added: “Lorraine and I look forward to being part of a night to help the final push for Yes.”
Tommy Sheppard of Scottish Comedy Agency said: “The Yes Campaign has unleashed tremendous creative energy and now a small segment of Scotland’s artistic and creative community are getting together to prepare to move up another gear in the final days before the people of Scotland make the most important decision of their lives.”
Tickets can be purchased by calling 0131 228 1155 or visiting www.usherhall.co.uk