At the end of May Belfast’s Voodoo Bar is set to host a charity show in aid of LifeWorks NI. Michael Legge reports.

Friday May 29 sees Belfast’s own Voodoo bar being taken over by a fearsome collection of hard-hitting rock and metal bands, performing a charity benefit show in aid of an extremely worthy cause.

LifeWorks NI, a non-profit organisation based on Belfast’s Woodstock Road, aims to promote both mental and physical, health and personal well-being within the local community through transformative groups, empowerment talks, self-awareness classes and counselling services.

LifeWorks committee member and fundraising organiser Lynne Goody said: “LifeWorks depends heavily on fund-raising initiatives and it’s a gesture of tremendous kindness from the bands and crew involved in putting together this excellent gig, generously giving of their time and effort to help raise much-needed funds for such a worthy, hard-working organisation.”

This event will bring together four bands from all over Ireland, headlined by Dublin metal titans Xerosun. Led into battle by the astonishing and terrifying voice of frontwoman Martyna, the extreme metal outfit recently took another local charity event, Blazefest V, by storm in the Empire Music Hall – drawing comparisons to acts such as Arch Enemy and Daath and garnering rave reviews from fellow performers and reviewers alike.

Support on the night comes from young Armagh thrashers Sentinel, and the eagerly-awaited live debut of black/death metal outfit Drakonis. Opening proceedings on the night will be 80’s classic rock/metal group Safire.

Admission for LifeWorks NI Benefit Show on Friday May 29 at Voodoo Belfast with Xerosun, Sentinel, Drakonis and Safire is £5. Doors open at 8pm.


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