Tribute album in memory of Sophie Lancaster to be released this summer

Date published: 08 July 2024

A rock band is set to release a tribute album in memory of a young woman who was brutally murdered in a Bacup park 17 years ago.

In a show of solidarity, Metal Band Aid, a collective of 18 talented musicians, is set to take the stage at Depravation Festival 2024 with the album, which will raise funds for the Sophie Lancaster Foundation.

This highly anticipated event promises to be a powerful blend of heavy metal and heartfelt dedication, all in support of a noble cause.

The Sophie Lancaster Foundation expressed their gratitude, saying: “All the musicians have come together and worked extremely hard on this amazing project.

“They are now asking for your support to donate what you can to download the song; 100 per cent of donations will go directly to the foundation.

“We are so grateful for the support we receive and cannot thank all those involved enough for the effort and time they put into this project.”

Drawing inspiration from the iconic Live Aid concerts, Metal Band Aid's efforts ensure that every penny raised will be donated to the foundation.

Their participation in the festival is not just about music; it's a poignant tribute to Sophie Lancaster, whose tragic story continues to resonate deeply within the community.

The Depravation Festival, a three-day indoor event held at Swindon’s renowned music venues Levels and The Rolleston Arms, will provide a fitting backdrop for this tribute.

The festival has become a cornerstone of Swindon's cultural calendar, attracting music lovers from all over the country.

The Sophie Lancaster Foundation was established by Sylvia Lancaster, Sophie’s mother, as a lasting legacy to her daughter. The foundation works to promote tolerance and acceptance for alternative subcultures.

Sophie Lancaster’s life was brutally cut short when she was attacked by a gang of five boys in a park in Bacup, Lancashire, on 11 August 2007, simply because of her appearance as part of the goth subculture.

Sophie’s boyfriend was attacked first, and when she tried to defend him, the gang turned their violence on her. After 13 days in hospital, Sophie’s family made the heart-wrenching decision to turn off her life support. She was only 20 years old.

This tragic incident has since become a catalyst for change, with the foundation working diligently to ensure that such intolerance is combated through education and outreach.

To support this cause and download the song, visit Depravation’s official site:

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