Glasgow University Amnesty International Society’s annual music fundraiser featured high-caliber local talent while raising awareness of important political and social issues. Focusing on their ongoing campaign for Glasgow University to divest from the Arms Trade, Stereo was decorated with homemade banners and posters featuring catchy slogans.
The night had a diverse selection of local musicians, some new to Jamnesty, some not. Opening with some very strong singer-songwriters, both Miléna and Natascha Adams showcased two different styles of music, jazz-pop and indie respectively; Miléna had an especially infectious stage presence that kicked off Jamnesty with a bang. With a more retro feel, The Latecomers and EMME then got the whole audience dancing with a mixture of rock & roll and soul. EMME in particular stood out, blending indie-pop with very strong vocals.
While The View From August was a departure from the other bands as they focused more on covers (in fact, it was the first time I’ve ever heard U2 and Coldplay played in Stereo), headline act Patersani finished the evening with a great rock sound that filled the venue. Following the main event, the after party was held at the more intimate Flying Duck, with a DJ set by TurnRoar, who sampled heavily from 80s classics including Toto’s ‘Africa’.
Jamnesty is predominantly an event that fundraises for Amnesty International, but it has also become a place to showcase up and coming local acts and bands. It’s a fantastic cause, and a great way to mix social activism and music. This is my third year attending, and every year I come away with a whole host of new bands to check out as well as causes to support. This year was no exception – I left the Flying Duck, glitter on my face, tunes stuck in my head, and a deeper understanding for issues surrounding human rights. But sadly, no jam.