Superstar DJs unite for The Ben fundraiser party at Radisson RED Sky Bar

DJ Michael Kilkie

Glasgow’s Radisson RED Sky Bar – voted one of the world’s top 50 rooftop bars and best late night venue in Scotland – is set to stage a massive residents party to raise funds for the hospitality industry charity, The Benevolent Fund

The DJs involved – George Bowie, Twilo, Marc Rowell, Jon Mancini, Cassi, Michael Kilkie and Stevie Lennon – have urged fans to join them at the RED Sky Bar for ‘a massive night in aid of a brilliant cause’.

The Ben exists to help anyone who works or has ever worked in any licensed premises, including nightclubs, bars, restaurants, and hotels. Radisson RED curator Graham Chalmers, said: “This is a really important cause to all of us here at the hotel and indeed to me personally – The Ben is a charity I am proud to work very closely with.

DJ George Bowie

“So many people across all sectors are struggling badly but I do feel those who work in hospitality are hit especially hard, with long hard hours and very stressful working environments. We are the ones who work to let everyone else enjoy a day or night out and it can take a toll.

“The Ben is there to support anyone who works in hospitality, nightlife or associated industries with whatever they need, from mental health support to financial assistance, emergency housing, appliances, food – anything. That’s anyone who works in any licensed premises,” stressed Graham.

“It is an amazing support but sadly a lot of people even within the trade either don’t know The Ben or if they are aware, they don’t understand what they do or how to get help. It’s simple – just ask.

DJ Cassi

He added: “The work done by The Ben has never been more important so it’s a real privilege to be able to help in some small way. Thank you to our amazing REDsidents who have all given their time free of charge to help us raise as much as possible.”

George Bowie said: “I’m always happy to work with good causes and The Ben is a very good one. The work they do supporting anyone who needs help in the nightlife and hospitality industries is incredible. I’m proud to have worked in those industries my whole life and the chance to give something back is great. Please buy tickets, donate on the night if you can and let’s have a party and do some good at the same time.”

Hedkandi boss and Radisson RED Sky Bar resident Mark Doyle said: “Radisson Red is the home of Hedkandi in Glasgow and it’s their team that makes each night an amazing success. The Ben is a vital charity for hospitality staff and we are proud to support it. We are sending up Hedkandi resident Marc Rowell to join all the other RED Sky Bar residents to make this a night to remember.”

DJ Stevie Lennon

Jon Mancini, co-creator and resident at both Guilty Pleasures and Electric Dreams, said: “It’s important to give back and support people doing great things – which sums up The Ben perfectly. They offer vital support to those who need it in the nightlife industry so the chance to help them in turn is a no brainer. And of course it’s always a pleasure to play at our home from home, the RED Sky Bar.”

Chris Gardner of The Ben said she was delighted at the show of support from both Radisson RED Glasgow and many of Scotland’s biggest DJs: “We are excited about the upcoming event at Radisson Red and aim to reach a new audience and raise awareness of what the BEN is all about.

“We’re here to help people who work or have worked in the industry through these tough times. Thanks to Graham for organising what will be a fantastic night.”

Tickets for the REDfest party at Radisson RED Sky Bar are on sale Friday August 4 at 9am through Skiddle and are priced at £30.