Motherwell enjoys a reel Big Gig

Athenas Army from Motherwell perform
Athenas Army from Motherwell perform
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Reeltime Music in Newarthill was awarded a grant of £500 from Superact and Creative Scotland to organise an Our Big Gig event in Motherwell on Friday.

Our Big Gig is part of the Glasgow 2014 culture programme which aims to see the country unite to celebrate local music at community events, showcase new and existing talent and give people the opportunity to have a go at making music.

Organised by music and arts organisation Superact, Our Big Gig grew from the Bandstand Marathon, an iconic London 2012 festival event that helped close the London Games with 9,000 people across Britain simultaneously performing Coldplay’s ‘Viva La Vida’.

Last summer, over 200,000 people attended Our Big Gig events in England, which saw a wide variety of musical activities take place in a range of unusual spaces. From schools to skate parks, beaches to boats, some 14,600 people performed.

This year, Our Big Gig headed to Scotland for the first time with visitors to Motherwell Shopping Centre on Friday getting the chance to participate in musical activities, try out a varity of instruments and enjoy performances from local acts.

Jamie McCaw, volunteer coordinator and organiser of Reeltime Music’s Our Big Gig said: “Was a brilliant opportunity to get our young people and volunteers out into the community and make music which is something that everyone can take part in and enjoy.

“It was fantastic to be able to hold this event in Motherwell Shopping Centre, as it builds on the regeneration efforts the area has recently gone through, and helps bring the community together through music.”