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Idlewild will return to King Tut's for the launch of Help Musicians Scotland

A Scots rock band will return to their roots to mark the launch of a charity.

Idlewild will play at King Tut’s in Glasgow for the first time in a decade on 1 February.

The acoustic gig is being held to coincide with the launch of a Scottish branch of Help Musicians UK.

The independent charity aims to support those who work in the music industry when crisis or illness strikes, but also at times of opportunity, giving people the extra help they need at a crucial stage that could make or break their career.

Scottish musicians Be Charlotte, Indigo Velvet and SKJØR – all of whom have received support from the charity in the past – are also set to perform at the event.

Rod Jones, from Idlewild, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to support the launch of Help Musicians Scotland at one of our favourite venues, King Tut’s.

“We’ve played some really special gigs at the venue, the first 21 years ago and a five night stint in 2008, so it’s truly an honour to return for such a great cause. Help Musicians Scotland do amazing work to support musicians at all stages in their career. We’re planning a special acoustic set for the evening and fans should expect a fitting set-list to mark a landmark moment for the Scottish music industry.”

With nearly a 100 year history of helping musicians, the charity has identified Scotland’s music industry as needing further targeted investment to sustain its future. HMScotland will provide bespoke programmes and campaigns to provide opportunities and support for those in the Scottish music scene.

Claire Gevaux, director of HMScotland, said: “After a year of listening and reflecting on the needs of the Scottish music scene, I’m excited to see HMScotland launch in a few weeks. I look forward to sharing more of our ambitions at the launch on 1 February 2018 when we will set down our permanent roots across the whole of Scotland.”