27 May 2022

'Doubly good' music showcase kicks off Reclink Community Cup campaign

| Claire Fenwicke
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Canberra’s media and musicians will battle it out for charity at the Reclink Community Cup. Photo: Region Media.

Reclink’s annual Community Cup campaign is kicking off with a ‘Liniment and Long Leads’ musical showcase at Gang Gang Cafe in Downer tomorrow night (28 May).

Cafe part-owner Max Conway said it’s not just a chance to catch some of Canberra’s finest musicians performing live, it’s a great opportunity to help disadvantaged children.

“It’s great to support live music, but when your ticket cost goes straight to charity, it’s doubly good,” he said.

“The performances here will be amazing. The whole lineup is people you’d want to catch. It’s going to be a fun night for a good cause.”

On stage will be dreamy-pop solo artist Sophie Edwards, rock-folk singer-songwriter Ava Martina and melodic-pop-punk performer Heya Gosper.

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Reclink organising committee member David Lange said he was excited this would be the place to “warm-up” Canberra’s appetite for the main event.

“We help people who are disadvantaged and homeless get through their programs and help them make their lives better,” he said.

“We especially get them involved with sporting programs to help them get active and connected with the community.

“This is a great chance to get the word out there about our Community Cup, plus showcase local talent and encourage people to pull on a boot.”

The Reclink Community Cup will be held in September where teams made up of local musicians (Limestones) and local media (Noise) go head-to-head in an AFL match at Jamieson Enclosed Oval.

But you don’t have to be on the field to get involved.

“If you aren’t keen on playing, you can join the cheer squads – the Limestone Roses and Pom Pom Noisettes – it’s up to you which team you want to support,” Mr Lange said.

“Even if you just come to a showcase event and tap your foot, that’s a contribution!”

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Food trucks and live music will also feature at the AFL game.

“So come down, cheer your favourite team and get your colours around town,” Mr Lange said.

Money raised from the showcase events and AFL game will go towards Reclink’s work in Canberra, particularly in the inner north.

The ‘Liniments and Long Leads’ event will be held Saturday (28 May) from 6:30 pm at Gang Gang Cafe in Downer with tickets available through Oztix. It will be the first of a range of monthly events before the September game.

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