Preview: Burma Cyclone Disaster Fundraiser, The Scala, London

Reaching out to the victims of a disaster
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A host of cutting-edge bands are teaming up with Oxfam to perform an exclusive, one-off night of live music to raise funds and awareness for victims of the Burma cyclone.

The eclectic line-up covers a range of the musical spectrum – from acoustic melodies to hardcore dance.

Twenty-year-old singer-songwriter Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly., aka Sam Duckworth, enlisted the help of Oxfam to organise a fundraiser for people affected by the cyclone. As well as having a social conscience, Sam has Burmese roots, so felt compelled to do what he could to help.

Sam Duckworth's manager, Paul Bonham, said: "The event will be an interesting opportunity for people to find out more about the situation in Burma.

"I think a lot of people are quite confused about what's going on there, and what they can do to help. So as well as hearing great music people can also talk to Oxfam, who'll have a stand at the night and hand out leaflets about their disaster relief campaign."

Asked where the tongue-twisting name came from, Paul explained that Sam took it from the sub-heading of an article about a Batman video game. It was his way to transcend the singer-songwriter bracket and open the potential for something greater.

The artist went down a storm at this year's SXSW music festival in Texas, so we can expect a gutsy performance from the singer-songwriter to raise money for a cause close to his heart.

He will be performing live with a full band at the event at London's Scala on Sunday, joined by funk-rock quartet Enter Shikari, and Tom and Russell from Editors playing an acoustic set.

All proceeds and donations from the event will go to Oxfam's Myanmar (Burma) Cyclone appeal. State media in Burma have reported a death toll of 78,000 since the cyclone hit on 3 May, and aid agencies are facing huge challenges in dealing with the estimated 1.5 million people left homeless in the region.

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