Friday 10 December 2021



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Scotland’s own Callum Beattie has teamed up with DJs and remixers GBX and Sparkos for his grand new track It’s Christmas - and ALL income from the track will be donated to Cash for Kids and Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy.

The song is a remix of Callum’s festive single, which is tearing up the airwaves.

The trio who are all friends of had talked about working together for some time and decided collaborating on a Christmas remix – which they have signed over to the charities for good, meaning they will release it EVERY year Mariah Carey-style, bringing a much-needed boost to income for both deserving causes for decades to come.

Radio icon and club star George aka GBX said: “We had been talking about doing something together for a few years now, since Salamander Street came out. I always thought Callum's voice would work brilliantly on a dance track. 

Marc (Sparkos) had this idea to give Callum’s Christmas track a kind of Scooter feel and it just all fell into place. When I was trying to explain to Callum how we were doing it I said,If Scooter and Mariah had a baby, this would be it’.”

Callum said: “We were both working on other things at the time, but with this single I just wanted to make sure that we definitely did it.

It’s something I’ve wanted to do for years, and George has always been such a great supporter of me that it just felt like a natural collaboration.  

It’s been brilliant - we are both very down to earth and into music, so it wasn’t hard - I think we are building a lifelong bond and will probably collaborate on lots of future projects.

Sparkos – aka Marc Anderson – said: “It’s been great working on this with Callum and we really had fun too – in fact we have already started work on a follow-up. We’re really happy with how the track turned out and hope people support it as it’s for two really important charities.”

The trio instantly decided they wanted to hand over the track permanently, so it brings an ongoing income for the good causes.

And they knew right away which charities they wanted to help.

Geo said: “Cash For Kids has always been my go-to charity because I see where the money goes and know that it makes a big difference. It also stays right here in Scotland so people you see every day who are in dire need of support, usually through no fault of their own, can get some kind of Xmas, that's a great feeling to know you've played your part. 

“My brother can't walk or talk but is obsessed with music, he has a guitar that he strums all day, not playing chords or notes just getting a noise out of it, he would genuinely strum it 24 hours a day if you let him. So that highlights to me the important role Nordoff-Robbins play, so it was nice to raise some cash and support for them as well.”

Callum agreed, saying: “Cash For Kids because it’s just the most brilliant cause. I try to do as much charity stuff as I can. In fact, my manager and I have just broken through the £100K mark for charity fundraising in 2021, and whatever small contribution we can make means a lot to us. I do stuff for CFK every year, so it just felt natural to me.

Nordoff-Robbins we did because it’s one of the few places that recognises the deep value of music in therapy. I believe in the absolute potential for music to change the world. I think it creates a very close link to the divine, and Nordoff-Robbins plays a huge part in delivering that to people who truly benefit from it. I hope I can do MUCH more with them in the future.”

ALL of the income from the remix will go to the charities – not profits, ALL income.

The guys were adamant about this, and about releasing it annually to try and make a difference in future too.

George said: “I just feel Xmas is a good time to do a charity single. If you download this track every penny will be split between Cash For Kids and Nordoff Robbins so it's just like making a donation. I was joking on the show saying if you like it download it from I Tunes and if you don't like it download it twice so you can say you were only getting it to help the charities.

Callum added: “ALL the proceeds - not “the profits” like most charity records. ALL of the remix money will be equally divided between the two charities. None of this “profits” nonsense where there’s 40p left after costs.

“And as for releasing every year, as long as that’s what the public want then yes - God help them, they will be subjected to it every year!”

Callum was thrilled to work with Geo and Marc and is excited about their new project too.

He said: “You know what? I love the fact that they aren’t obsessed with their own credibility. It’s not about discovering some new acid jazz genre. It’s about giving people exactly what they want - a feeling of elation and excitement through listening to music.

Everyone loves them for a reason, and that’s because they know how to make you feel good.

The guys filmed a special video at Elfingrove, the amazing outdoor ice rink and festive extravaganza staged by Itison in Glasgow, and were kitted out for the shoot by Forty Clothing.

With a big OVO Hydro show looming, Geo was terrified Callum would hurt himself when they were messing about on the ice.

George said: “We performed it together at the Cash For Kids lunch last week alongside Lewis Capaldi and Amy MacDonald so that was an amazing experience. We'll probably do a few more performances and we shot the video earlier in the week which was fun. 

“Oli Norman at Itison and his amazing team sorted it out for us to use Elfingrove in Glasgow which was perfect, and Harry Miller from Forty Clothing dressed us for the occasion in big, warm, cool winter coats!  So thank you to ItisonElfingroveand Forty Clothing for supporting our charity single.

“All our ice-skating skills leave a little to be desired. I was terrified that Callum was going to fall and injure his arm because he's got a sold-out Hydro show to play with Amy MacDonald on the 17th of December. Thankfully it was all fine and we had a proper laugh, the three of us. The video should be with you next week but the single is out now so please download it so we can hand over a decent sum to Cash For Kids and Nordoff-Robbins.

Grace Reilly, Regional Charity Manager for Cash For Kids said “Now more than ever vulnerable and disadvantaged children need our help and every £1 counts. George andCallum are both fantastic supporters of Cash For Kids and we are really grateful for their support for us and the amazing Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy. We would like to thank them and Sparkos for their support in this way and we would just like to encourage everyone to go out and buy the single. Thank you”


Sandy Trappitt, Head of Partnerships for Nordoff Robbins said: “We’re enormously grateful to Callum Beattie, George Bowie and Sparkos for their support of our music therapy this Christmas.

 We believe in the value of music for all people in our society, and it’s initiatives like this that help us continue to support some of the most vulnerable and isolated members of our communities through our music therapy.

 We hope that as many people as possible will go download their single!"

Oli Norman of Itison and Elfingrove said: “We were delighted to get involved with this fantastic project, raising money for two great charities. The song and the effort the guys are putting into this fundraising really sums up what Christmas is all about, and the spirit we are trying to capture at Elfingrove, so we’re thrilled to be a small part of it! I was thoroughly impressed George Bowie managed to stay standing on the ice too!”

Harry Miller from Forty Clothing said: “We are big fans of Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy and indeed have our own collaboration ongoing with Cash For Kids, so this was a no-brainer for us.

“George and Marc are old friends and we have big plans with Callum so it just fits perfectly – they’re all part of the Forty family.

“We are always open to helping good causes and they don’t come much better than helping charities like these two at Christmas. Thank you for asking us to be involved, it’s truly an honour to play any role in such a wonderful gesture from the guys.”

Callum Beattie x GBX x Sparkos – It’s Christmas is out now (Fri 10th) with ALL income going to Cash For Kids and Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy. 

The video shot at Elfingrove, Glasgow will be out next week

Wednesday 1 December 2021


Sir Billy Connolly will be holding a Question and Answer sessions with his fans around the world as part of his new book promotion.

The Scots comedy legend recently wrote his bestselling autobiography, Windswept & Interesting which sold more than 230,000 copies within its first month of sale.

And to celebrate, next week he plans to give fans some of his precious time to talk about his life.

Billy will chat with writer and broadcaster Damian Barr across his own Facebook and Waterstones Facebook on December 8 at 7:30pm.

The event is FREE and fans can put in their questions via the hashtag #AskBilly on social media from now.

Waterstones’ audience development manager Will Rycroft said: "After the joy of sharing Billy's brilliant autobiography with readers we’re thrilled to be able to bring them together with the man himself for this unique event.

"That word unique is often overused but feels entirely fitting here, and we’re already intrigued to hear what answers we might get on the night."

Billy who was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2013 turned 79 last week and fans will be keen to see him after he received birthday greetings from around the globe.

Billy has always been a favourite of and we’ve met him in numerous occasions throughout the years. 

His candour and sincerity shine through and the Q and A promises to be fun for all fans.

Saturday 27 November 2021


 It’s one we’ve all been waiting for as Kevin Bridges has announced he’ll be back on tour for 2022 with his hotly-anticipated new show. 

The Overdue Catch-Up’ will welcome audiences in to the mind of one of the sharpest comedy talents the UK has to offer. has always loved Bridges flair for observation and his cheeky wit, not to mention his down to earth manner. 

He is one seriously funny guy. 

With a career spanning an incredible 18 years, Kevin Bridges already has the life experience of a man twice his age, helping him to hit the nail on the head with his shrewd outlook on the modern world.

Kevin said: Since we last spoke, a lot has changed in my life and - as we know - in this world of ours, but what hasn’t changed is the fact that a crowd of people in a room together having a laugh usually makes for a fairly pleasant evening. I’m excited to be back out doing stand-up again and I’m looking forward to seeing you all - and some new people too. Simple as that. I’ll see you up there, down there, over there, anywhere and wherever. Enjoy yer night”

Tickets for The Overdue Catch-Up go on general sale from 10am on Friday 3rd December from  Pre-sale tickets will be available from 10am, Wednesday 1st December.  Full dates and listings information are below.  More dates will be added in due course. 

Bridges has previously broken box office records with his last two tours, ‘Brand New’ (2018) and ‘A Whole Different Story’(2015) going on to win awards from Ticketmaster and Ents24 for Fastest Selling Ticket of the Year.  He was also crowned by Ticketmaster fans as UK’s Ticket of the Year in 2018.

Kevin’s last two tours have accumulated just under 1,000,000 tickets sold across the world including record 35 sold-out-shows at Glasgow’s iconic Hydro, establishing him as the artist that has sold more shows than anyone else at that venue. 

‘The Overdue Catch-Up’ is Kevin’s fifth live stand-up tour. Throughout his career, Kevin has travelled and performed globally playing to sold out audiences in Australia, New Zealand, Dubai, Singapore, as well as all over Europe.  He also had the prestigious honour of performing for former US President Barack Obama during The Hunter Foundation’s charity dinner in Edinburgh in May 2017. 

For nearly 15 years, Kevin has been a regular on our television screens.  Recent notable TV appearances include; BBC One’s Have I Got News For You and Would I Lie To You?, BBC Two’s Mock The Week, Channel 4’s 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown and The Last Leg and Sky One's A League Of Their Own. 

Kevin has previously hosted much-lauded documentaries for BBC One including Kevin Bridges - What’s The Story in 2012followed by Kevin Bridges – What’s The Story Referendum Special in 2014.  In 2014 Kevin also hosted two BBC One stand-up specials on the Commonwealth Games and the Scottish Referendum.

Kevin has also released four best-selling DVDs: ‘The Story So Far – Live in Glasgow’ in 2010, ‘The Story Continues’ in 2012, 2015's ‘A Whole Different Story’ and 2018’s ‘Brand New’

At the tender age of 28, Kevin released his own autobiography ‘We Need To Talk About… Kevin Bridges’published by Penguin Books in 2014.

Don’t miss the chance to catch one of the most astute observational comedians at the top of his game.




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