Benefit show for Delays’ Greg Gilbert to take place this Friday
By Andy Malt | Published on Tuesday 14 February 2017
A fundraising show is set to take place for Delays frontman Greg Gilbert in Southampton this Friday, aiming to raise funds for cancer treatment.
Gilbert was diagnosed with stage four bowel cancer, which has also spread to his lungs, last year. With the NHS limited in what it is able to offer him, a number of potentially life-saving treatments have been identified through private health services. These treatments are costly though, particularly as Gilbert’s best hope may now lie in the US, with the target for a fundraising campaign set up by his fiancée Stacey Heale set at £250,000.
As part of ongoing fundraising, a benefit show will take place at The 1865 in Delays’ hometown of Southampton. On the bill are Mystery Jets, Band Of Skulls, Sam Duckworth, The Diamond Age and Thomas Tantrum, as well as Gilbert’s Delays bandmates, who will be performing with Primal Scream’s Simone Marie on bass.
The show has been organised by lighting designer Ed Warren, who in recent years has worked with acts such as Mumford & Sons and Solange. He tells CMU: “As soon as I heard the news that they needed to raise money to pay for Greg’s treatment I felt compelled to do whatever I could and pull together my music industry friends to make a difference. I wouldn’t have a career, this life, if it wasn’t for the faith Greg and the Delays guys showed me bringing me out on my first ever tour in 2004”.
As well as the show, Warren has also organised an auction of music memorabilia, featuring contributions from Coldplay, Oasis, Mumford & Sons, Laura Marling, Craig David, Manic Street Preachers, and more.