Frightened Rabbit have announced their first live performance since the tragic death of singer Scott Hutchison, with a special show at Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Bandstand on December 9.
The show will be part of the Scotland-wide event ‘Sleep In The Park‘ event, which also takes place in Aberdeen, Dundee and Edinburgh. Frightened Rabbit played the event last year at the Edinburgh leg. The event aims to raise around £6 million to help combat homelessness, and is set to be attended by 12,000 people. You can sign up for it here.
Frightened Rabbit’s Grant Hutchison, Scott’s brother, said it would be “the perfect time” for the band to play together again.
He added: “We had agreed to play Sleep In The Park before Scott passed and we felt that since it was something for such a great cause that we should stick to our decision and honour Scott in the best way we know – to play the songs he wrote and continue spreading his message of kindness whilst supporting Social Bite and the amazing work they do.”
Billed as ‘The Songs of Frightened Rabbit’, the band’s Grant Hutchison, Billy Kennedy and Andy Monaghan will be joined by a series of special guests on vocals, including The Twilight Sad‘s James Graham.
The Twilight Sad have been close with Frightened Rabbit since their early days in the Glasgow music scene when they were both on Fat Cat Records, and have been playing a cover of Frightened Rabbit’s ‘Keep Yourself Warm‘ at recent shows in his memory.
In an NME interview last month, Graham and his Twilight Sad bandmate Andy MacFarlane discussed the loss of their close friend Hutchison.
“Scott wouldn’t hold back. It was a good way of being. He’d just say exactly what he thought,” said MacFarlane.
Graham added: “We’re still going through the ups and downs of losing him, and I don’t think we’ll ever stop, but we keep finding these funny amazing little things that he’d do and say. It’s like ‘fuck man, you were so on it there’. You don’t think about while you’re hanging out with your friends. You don’t check in on the big things all the time or talk about depression.”
He continued: “Scott’s mum said that you’ve got to move forward. We’ve taken that on board, but we have a duty and responsibility to keep Scott’s music and keep sharing it. When we’re around touring, we need to tell people about him.”
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