New Year 2018 Music Gig. Looking back at a project supported by IGNITE

One of a series of articles looking back at some of the youth led projects that have come about in Cleethorpes over the years with support from the IGNITE programme. Victoria Russell who leads IGNITE shares the stories of these projects and if you’re now inspired to lead a project of your own then please get in touch with Victoria.


Jay Jassie approached IGNITE following on from the battle of the bands event in March 2017. Jay, the bassist and scream vocalist, is a part of the winning rock/heavy metal band, Reversing Destiny. Jay’s idea was to host a music gig that would act, not only as a performance opportunity for other young artists but also as a fundraiser for a cause close to his heart. In reaching out and with guidance from a one-to-one mentor in IGNITE, Jay gained experience of project management including how to secure venues, advertise and market an event as well as learning how to write risk assessments and about licensing.

Cuddles Cat Rescue was the choice of charity for the proceeds raised on the night. Jay himself had a few cats from Cuddles over the years and knew first-hand of the good work that the rescue does.

Report from January 2018 about the event

On Saturday 6th January 2018, IGNITE project leader Jay Jassie hosted the New Year: New Gig fundraiser which showcased local acoustic, punk and rock acts to raise monies for Cuddles Cat Rescue.

Despite a few technical issues that delayed the start for 50 minutes, the night was still a resounding success with £184.64 being raised for the charity.

The night started acoustically with Brad Arliss and Yaz and the Acoustic setting the scene and tone for the night with a mixture of original songs and covers. The Metal and Punk band ‘Johnny Utah’, followed up with a well-received set. The penultimate act of the night was last year’s Battle of the Bands runner up, The Forgotten. Despite numerous band members having the flu and an unfortunate incident involving a snare drum, they still managed to complete their set much to the crowds delights. The final and headlining band of the night was Jay Jassie’s band and last year’s winning act of the battle of the bands, Reversing Destiny. With the final act up on stage, the IGNITE team began the count up the money raised from bucket rattling and ticket charges. A total of £184.64 was raised for Cuddles Cat Rescue.

Speaking after the night, Jay says “It’s was a really great night! It was great to have so many bands and artists show their support and perform for such a great cause!”

Whilst receiving the cheque, Jackie on behalf of Cuddles Cat Rescue stated: “All donations are greatly appreciated, especially at this time of year. We get an influx of older cats around the Christmas period so this money will be going towards their vet and food bills.”

We would like to thank Warren Jolly, James Gilby and the staff at Moon on the Water for their support and to the photographer Wren thru a Lens.

Follow up to the event

Jay Jassie and Reversing Destiny continue to go from strength to strength. The band continues to gig regularly and Jay now plays an active role in helping to organise and book venues for performances.