Roofraiser: A month of live music

Posted by to The Blog on March 29th


Checkout: Roofraiser facebook site and,  for band listings and gig dates:

By the end of April, 60 artists, 200 musicians, and several of the city’s established music promoters will have contributed to latest venture to raise funds for Edinburgh’s beloved Forest Café. The run of events, called ‘Roofraiser’, is spearheaded by Edinburgh-based ‘better-than-free’ music download company Ten Tracks, in support of the future of The Forest, whose current home is facing closure in August 2011.

As well as continuing to release new predominantly Scottish music on-line in 2010, Ten Tracks also curated the live music programme in The Roxy, and for Hidden Door festival, as well as booking a stage at Kelburn Garden Party.  They hope to use their events experience, as well as on-line experience to earn the Forest Cafe a considerable sum of donations, whilst freeing the Forest up to concentrate on other fund-raising avenues.

Over the course of the run, Ten Tracks hopes to showcase over 500 musicians in Bristo Hall, upstairs at The Forest, where donations will be taken.

For the launch campaign, 10 specially curated works of art – chosen from over 60 submissions – are having their work printed and posted around town.  The competition, to create artistic black and white designs for 10 different posters, was run by forward looking arts collective, Dundee-based Yuck n Yum.

Co-founder of Ten Tracks, Ed Stack says:

“The atmosphere of The Forest Café proves most clearly something that all of us already know: a building is much more than the financial sum of its stone, metal and plastic parts.  Artists such as Withered Hand owe much of their early development to the venue’s traditional free entry policy, as well as being an inspiration or other ventures (The Bowery, The Roxy).  It’s only now that they are in a position of having to ask for donations at their events, which are usually free of charge.  Otherwise, The Forest functions as a lean charitable business, paying its overheads largely from revenue from the café itself, and still managing to make small grants available for expenses related to worthy cultural projects.  On a practical level for Ten Tracks, closure of The Forest poses a significant threat to the quantity and quality of audiences in Edinburgh’s small venues.  This is because students who have never before been exposed to a local music scene have been introduced to it in numbers over the years.  The word of mouth about this, along with its ties to the nearby university has been part of the transformation of the city’s south side into a recognised global musical hub, integrating local, student and travelling audiences in a healthy way.  Therefore we’ve decided we need to put much of Ten Tracks focus in spring 2011 behind the effort to save The Forest.  Musicians are offering their fees to The Forest, so I hope people come and show their support by donating at the door!”




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