Sheffield band’s fundraising tribute to ‘amazing friend’

Sheffield ska-rockers Smiling Ivy
Sheffield ska-rockers Smiling Ivy
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Sheffield ska-rockers Smiling Ivy are to play a hometown charity gig in memory of an ‘amazing friend’ who lost her battle with cancer last year – aged just 28.

The five-piece will be hosting the event at Riverside Live on Mowbray Street on Friday in memory of their close friend Emma Twigg, who sadly died in April 2014.

Emma Twigg, who sadly died in April 2014.

Emma Twigg, who sadly died in April 2014.

The band will be donating all money raised to Marie Curie Cancer Care, the charity which looked after Emma in her final months.

Singer Dan Hobson, 28, said: “Emma was an amazing friend, a beautiful person and big fan of the band.

“It was truly heartbreaking for us all when she passed.

“Emma had a real lust for life, never stopped smiling and was a true inspiration.

“Even in her final months she stayed positive, and strong.

“We all wanted to dedicate a night to her – and try and raise some cash for a fantastic cause in the process.”

Drummer Steve Hunt, also 28, said: “She had a great taste in music too, so DJs will be playing some of her favourite songs through the night.”

Smiling Ivy will be headlining the event with their explosive ska, dub, hip-hop and punk fusion.

Leeds seven-piece Jenova Collective take main support with their eclectic mix of electro swing, drum and bass, breaks and ghetto funk.

Sheffield acoustic trio the Busketeers will be kicking-off the night and Well Aware will be DJing afterwards.

n Tickets cost £3 advance and £5 on the door. Visit www.smilingivy.co.uk for details.