Frightened Rabbit Announce First Show Since Death of Frontman Scott Hutchison

Scots Indie band Frightened Rabbit have announced they will be performing at this year’s Sleep in the Park event in Glasgow, their first performance since the death of singer Scott Hutchison.

Sleep in the Park is a yearly charity based event run by Social Bite, a Scottish café brand with multiple charitable projects. With events in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Dundee, participants can only gain access after raising £100 for the charity, with the overall goal to “end homelessness in Scotland for good”. Last year’s event raised over 4 million pounds, with the same projected goal set for this year.

The group, who rose to mainstream status with their third album “The Winter of Mixed Drinks” back in 2010, had agreed to take part in this year’s charity event prior to Hutchison’s death. Scott’s brother Grant Hutchison, also a member of the musical outfit, described the event as a “perfect time” for the band to reunite and perform in honour of their late frontman.

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Frightened Rabbit at a gig in 2013

Scott Hutchison took his own life in May of this year, after sending out a distressing tweet which read – “I’m away now. Thanks.” Last seen leaving the Dakota hotel in Queensferry, it is believed Hutchison jumped from the nearby Forth Road Bridge, his body found in a nearby marina on May 11th. Hutchison’s death comes in a long line of celebrity male suicides in recent times, including fellow musicians Chester Bennington of Linkin Park and Chris Cornell of Soundgarden, as well as celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain.

The group will be joined by several guest singers replacing Scott, including fellow Scots James Graham and Andy McFarlane of The Twilight Sad, former touring mates of Frightened Rabbit.

The surviving members took to Facebook to break the news and honour their late bandmate:

“We decided that we should still perform at the event after Scott’s death because Scott helped so many people while he was alive and through the music he wrote we wish to do the same.”

The future of Frightened Rabbit was cast into doubt following their tragic loss in May, with no official word from the band regarding their future. Whilst this show does not necessarily mark a full time return to the stage, many fans have taken to social media to express their excitement and gratitude to the band, with one Facebook user stating – “I’m sure hearing these songs will be very bittersweet, but bittersweet has always been the vibe of Frightened Rabbit”.

You can find ticket info and more information on Sleep In The Park here. 

Listen to Frightened Rabbit for yourself here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KY4j8Ow-CTs

By Paul Sinclair

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