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Punks party for the homeless

November 01 2010
Music project will raise money to help street kids in Latin America

A punk music project is helping to raise money for street children in Latin America with a series of gigs around the UK.

Punk 4 the Homeless started in Boston, Lancashire, but has expanded across the country, with the first London gig set for 6 November and shows scheduled for Sheffield, Bolton and Manchester.

The London gig will feature bands including SKURVI, Freedom Faction, OiZ II MEN and Loudmouth Eddi.

Gary Eagling, who set up the project at his local church, said: "I went to church one Sunday morning and they were singing the hymn Lord of Sea and Sky, and this triggered the thought that I had heard it before on a Vandals album."

This inspired him to start Punk 4 the Homeless, in a bid to "raise money for homeless charities and introduce youngsters to the scene".

"We have a free download compilation due out through Stoneage Records," he added. "It has punks, skinheads, people of various sexualities, Christians and Muslims on it, giving us a united approach to the problem at hand."

All money raised will go to Casa Alianza UK, which works with street children in Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Mexico.

Although the project doesn't make a huge amount of money, it does help to raise awareness, with more than 18,000 visitors in under a year, said Eagling.

• The first London gig will be held at Urban Bar in Whitechapel Road, with tickets priced at £3 all night. Visit for more information or to get involved.