Photo: Izabela Szczutkowska

After a public call-out for artists, DJs and collaborators, Cork’s music community are rallying together to show solidarity and support to victims of sexual violence, by organising a huge fundraising event for the Sexual Violence Centre Cork (SVCC), taking place at the ‘new’ Cyprus Avenue, on Sunday 23rd December.

A massive line-up of live acts and DJs includes psych-rockers The Altered Hours (pictured), Leeside legend Stevie G, hip-hop co-op Cuttin’ Heads Collective, alt-folk songstress Elaine Malone, noise/hardcore outfit Horse, avant-garde icon Vicky Langan, ambient electronic composer/improviser Gadget and the Cloud, Quarter Block Party’s Aisling O’Riordan, prolific songwriter Laurie Shaw, Rebel City Gigs’ DJ Arbraz, singer-songwriter Cara Kursh, the Dim the Lights posse, post-punks Any Joy, indie-folk performers/curators Twitch Jnr, proggish-rockers Red Sun Alert and Agnes & Him.

In light of the recent court case involving a 17-year-old victim’s underwear being used as an ‘asking for it’ defence for the accused, this fundraiser hits home at an important time. SVCC carries out very important work, continuously supporting victims of sexual violence and fighting for legislative reform to protect victims in the justice system.

The Centre has been providing services since 1983, when it was set up on International Women’s Day. The centre’s director Mary Crilly and her team have been pillars of support for thousands of victims and their families and friends over the years, and they continue to do so with relentless energy.

Ten of the rebel city’s promoters have joined forces to raise money for this extremely important service in Cork. Organisers include: Cosmonaut Music Cork, Merakindie, Aisling O’Riordan, Paranoid Beast, Pethrophile, Teletext Records, Cuttin’ Heads Collective, Stevie G, Twitch Jnr, Penske, UCC SU, IndieCork, Cork Loves Music and Rebel City Gigs.

Tickets for the gig, €10, and with all proceeds to Sexual Violence Centre Cork, are on sale now.