An interview with DIY show promoters Good Grief Edinburgh

We caught up with Good Grief, a new group of promoters in Edinburgh who are putting together an all-dayer gig with seven psych-pop, jangle pop and post-punk bands, all for a good cause. The amazing line-up has been pulled together from all sides of the UK for the all-day gig at the Biscuit Factory in Leith on January 21st.24774723_1304130209732376_3873598009567189670_nHi Good Grief, thanks for taking the time to answer  our questions. We heard about your upcoming all-dayer gig with Duds, Breakfast Muff, Irma Vep and more. It looks really interesting, and we want to find out more! What is Good Grief, and how did it come about?
We’re two DIY promoters now based in Edinburgh. We’re new to the city and want to put on great shows with some of our favourite bands. We also want to raise awareness and funds for extremely important issues. A great development in the DIY scene is a growing emphasis on making shows accessible and safe for all audiences – we intend to make all of our shows as accessible as they can be.

Can you tell us more about the upcoming all-dayer event?
This is our first show in Edinburgh so we decided to make it a big one, fitting in as many of our favourite bands as possible. It grew from the idea of using a venue that isn’t a typical venue and we decided on the empty warehouse at the Biscuit Factory.

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All proceeds will be going to the Rock Trust – a fantastic local charity that has been supporting people between the ages of 16-25 who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless for nearly 27 years. Housing and homelessness are huge issues at the moment – the Rock Trust, and charities like it, are essential. To be able to support them to carry out their work by putting on a successful show would be great!

We’ve had a listen to the artists on the line-up, they’re sounding great! Who is performing and how did this line-up come together?
The lineup came together fairly organically, mostly through friends. Duds are amazing live – they’ve got a great post-punk sound that’s quite unique with loads of percussion.

We’d been discussing a Robert Sotelo show for a while – his album ‘Cusp’ was one of the best albums of 2017 and has a great 60s sound to it.

Breakfast Muff are a big part of the DIY scene in Glasgow, all three of them are also in several other brilliant bands that we can hopefully put on in the future!

Also playing are Jack Lee, Irma Vep, Rainham Sheds and Smooth Dad.

If you could add one more artist to the lineup, (and there were no limitations) who would it be?
That’s a tough one! I recently saw Girl Ray and they’re one of my favourite bands at the moment – I’d love to see them again. A band I’d also love to see is Woolen Men. I don’t think they’ve ever toured the UK, but hopefully one day!

What can we expect from Good Grief Edinburgh in the next few months?
Spinning Coin had to pull out of the all-dayer, so we’d really love to get them back another time. We’ve got some other things planned too, but it’s under wraps for now!

Thanks for talking to us, we’re looking forward to the all-dayer, see you again then!


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