DUNFERMLINE’s music scene is set to come together to raise money for mental health organisations.

A charity gig is to be held in PJ Molloys on Sunday August 4 with the proceeds going to two groups.

The fundraising total will be split between Andy’s Man Club in Dunfermline and the Tiny Changes charity which was formed in the wake of Frightened Rabbit lead singer Scott Hutchison’s passing in 2018.

Featuring more than 10 local bands, the event has been organised by Craig Nellies, Dave Locock and Calum Traynor.

Acts such as Oskar Braves, Foreignfox, Amy Lou & The Monday Club, Stevie Agnew and more will all feature.

Our #WeNeedToTalk campaign was launched on July 4 after six young West Fife men decided to take their own lives in the space of just seven weeks.

Of those who passed away, a couple were involved in the local music scene and their deaths were felt by many.

Craig, from Dunfermline, told the Press: “After all the recent tragedies in the local area, I wanted to do something that could help.

“I know lots of people that have been affected by these terrible losses whether they were friends with them or spent time in their company.

“Mental health is an issue on everyone’s minds right now.”

The Dunfermline group of Andy’s Man Club is held at the Erskine Building every Monday from 7-9pm.

Craig is hoping the gig – which runs from 1pm to late – will raise thousands of pounds for the club and to Tiny Changes, which aims to raise awareness about children and young people’s mental health issues.

He said: “Ideally, we want to raise as much money as we can for these great causes that make a real difference to people. We’re expecting to have hundreds of people throughout the day attend.

“Andy’s Man Club has been so helpful to so many people in Dunfermline already.

"I read on their Facebook page recently that there was around 60 to 70 men attending the last meeting. It shows that it’s needed and wanted.

“It’s a safe space. You can go there and have a coffee and a chat. Having somewhere like that, which gives you the opportunity to get stuff off your chest and a weight off your shoulders, can only be a good thing.

“Although it doesn’t seem like it at times, Dunfermline is a small town. And there is a fear that if you share something with one person, it can reach several people very quickly and it’s understandable to not want everyone knowing your business. It’s small in that sense.

“Of course there’s a chance that if you attend the club, you will meet people you know. But you’ll also know that you aren’t alone and that others are struggling too. You can meet people, grow friendships and break the stigma. There’s no judgement.”

Dave has been a supporter and promoter of Dunfermline’s music scene for many years, and he was inundated with offers from far and wide when he asked for potential acts to sign-up for the gig.

He said: “The response was brilliant. I had about 60-odd bands putting themselves forward to either play or help run it.

“Music has a way of bringing people together and offering people a focus. It can take people away from all their worries or help them channel those worries into something productive that could help someone else.

"Song lyrics are all about life and its highs and lows. People can relate to them in different ways, and that can provide a real feel-good factor.

“After all these recent deaths, something had to be done. A lot of people I know have been affected by what’s happened.

“I’ve worked with and spoken to loads of bands and I know a lot of them have at least one member that has or is struggling with their mental health.

"It’s hugely important that we make people aware that there is support out there for them and to help the groups and charities that are offering that support.”

Tickets for the gig cost £10 from PJ’s and Andy’s Man Club, and will be available on the door throughout the day.