The Amazons performed exclusive Leeds gig in memory of young cancer patient

Rock band The Amazons, one of BBC Music’s Sound of 2017 artists, last night played a special fundraising event in Leeds in support of 20-year-old Joe Glew, who was a huge fan of the band. Joe, from Barnsley, sadly passed away from leukaemia earlier this month before the gig could take place.

The Amazons performed exclusive Leeds gig in memory of  young cancer patient

A family friend of Joe’s contacted the band during his treatment, and the band was so taken by Joe’s story that they agreed to perform an intimate gig for Joe and his friends and family, with all proceeds going to a charity of Joe’s choice. Sadly, as the band was preparing to announce the show, Joe passed away. 

Huge success

The concert, which took place at Brudenell Social Club, was a huge success, raising money for CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people with cancer, who supported Joe and his family throughout Joe’s treatment.  

The Amazons, along with Joe’s family and friends wanted to continue with the show in Joe’s memory. Joe’s story was particularly poignant to the band’s drummer, Joe Emmett, who was treated for cancer himself over ten years ago and received support from CLIC Sargent during his treatment. 

'Barnsley lad'

Fran Allen, a social worker from CLIC Sargent who worked with Joe Glew and his family, said:

“Joe was a real ‘Barnsley lad’ with a great character who was hugely popular. When Joe was told that sadly his cancer was no longer curative, he set about living his life to the full and doing fun things. It is fantastic that the band was so keen to put on the gig for Joe, and it is the wishes of Joe's proud parents and his girlfriend Hayley that the performance went ahead.

“All of the money raised from the concert will go towards ensuring CLIC Sargent can continue to be there for young cancer patients throughout their treatment journey.”

Raising a glass

Joe Emmett, The Amazons’ drummer, said:

“When we were contacted by Joe’s family and heard his story, we wanted to put on a show so he could come and see the band and have a bit of a party. Sadly Joe passed away sooner than expected, but at the family’s request we kept the plans in place. We all felt we wanted to raise a glass to Joe who no doubt will be watching down from that great gig in the sky. 

“During my treatment, my family and I were blessed to have the helping hand of a few charities – one of which was CLIC Sargent. All of the money raised from ticket sales from tonight will go to CLIC Sargent, who were - and have continued to be - a part of Joe’s story, so that we can help them continue to work their magic.”

Photo credit: Matt Goff.

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