Local businesses get behind ‘A Gig to Remember’

By Anita Jaynes on 30 June, 2014

Amanda Franks owner and director of Swindon based recruitment firm Frankly Recruitment is organising a one-off event to raise funds for Alzheimers Research UK.

The charity is close to Amanda’s heart as her mother is a sufferer of the disease. The Alzheimers Disease has made such as impact on her family she decided to raise awareness and vital research funds by hosting ‘A Gig to Remember’.

The event is being sponsored by another Swindon company specialist property law firm, Hoffman Male. Headline sponsorship of the event was an easy decision for  business owner Mary Hoffman, as her father was also a sufferer of the illness.

The event will take place on Saturday 8 November 2014 at the Oasis Leisure Centre with the Bootleg Beatles as the headline act. The Bootleg Beatles are critically acclaimed and have taken part in several world tours, sell-out appearances at The Royal Albert Hall and 6 appearances at Glastonbury Festival. Their attention to detail in terms of stage costumes, vocal mimicry of the Scouse accents and stage presence is sensational- almost like watching the real Beatles back in the ’60’s.

South West based DUKE Beatbox will also take to the stage on the night. The band from Cheltenham have quickly made their name through open-mic nights as well as being a U-Tube sensation.

DUKE will perform an array of covers with only three voices and one guitar, incorporating beatbox and vocal basslines, intelligently mixing song into song with high energy and absolutely NO backing tracks, looping or sampling.

DUKE have also joined some of music’s biggest names on stage including Prince which was at his personal request, Amy Winehouse, Beverley Knight, Jocelyn Brown, Ms Dynamite, Shy FX, Rodney P, Alicia Dixon and many more.

Amanda Franks said: “The Gig to Remember 2014 is a distraction from this “Alzheimer’s” life for me. But more importantly I wanted to create a positive event. I wanted people to see beyond elderly and understand this is not a normal part of ageing.

“The Gig to Remember is totally dedicated to my mum and my family. Mum has always been the wind beneath my wings. I can’t save her now but I can make her proud and move towards the defeating of Alzhiemer’s Disease so no other families have to live with this cruel disease.”

Tickets for the night start from £15 and can be purchased from ‘The Gig to Remember’ website: www.thegigtoremember.com

Pictured: Amanda Franks with her mum