Published: 03/10/2014 09:27 - Updated: 03/10/2014 09:44

Nicola's city music and fun day for STV Appeal

Nicola McAlley (right) with musicians at last year's STV Appeal day.
Nicola McAlley (right) with musicians at last year's STV Appeal day.

THE return of a special fundraising music day should strike a chord with the heart of Inverness on Saturday when Falcon Square comes alive to top Highland sounds.

The STV Appeal – which raises money for Scottish children living in poverty – hosts Songs In The City, a day of music and dance with performances from hot local acts such as Lionel, The Leonard Jones Potential, Silver Coast, The Highland Brass Band, Dorec-a-Belle and Torridon.

Fresh from the launch of their respective EPs will be Iain McLaughlin & The Outsiders and double-denim rockers Bite Nite.

Also playing a solo set will be Western Isles singer Willie Campbell.

Plus during the day’s events – which run from 11am to 5pm – there will be dance and musical performances from Eden Court Performing Arts, TFX, KC Dance Crews, Performers UK, Nicky Mackay Step N Stylerz and Trapeze Entertainment.

Children’s characters will also be popping along to take part in the fun, courtesy of Mascot Madness, which will offer face-painting, making a donation to the appeal.

STV’s Highland reporter Nicola McAlley is organising the day alongside Netsounds, online promoters and broadcasters of new Scottish indie music.

She said: "This is the second year we’ve organised Songs In The City and we are thrilled that Eastgate Centre is allowing us to host it in Falcon Square again.

"Last year our volunteers raised over £2,000 in street collections on the day, with money going to youth groups across our region.

"We hope people of all ages will come along to enjoy the brilliant musical entertainment and have

fun while helping such a worthy cause."

In its first three years, the STV Appeal has raised over £5.6 million, making 198 big and small grants to projects helping over 29,000 children across Scotland’s 32 local authorities.

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