• STV’s Songs for Scotland: Summer Festival takes place on Thursday 6 August
  • Tom Walker, Annie Lennox, KT Tunstall and Courtney Act among the big-name performers taking part
  • Walker: “How can one in four of Scotland’s children be in poverty? It’s just not right”
With this summer’s music festivals all cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, STV has announced plans to stage its own virtual festival featuring some of the music industry’s biggest names in aid of the STV Children’s Appeal.
Songs for Scotland: Summer Festival will kick off at 7.30pm on Thursday 6 August on the STV Children’s Appeal’s Facebook page and the STV Player, and feature headline performances from Tom Walker and Annie Lennox.
Other acts on the bill include Scots stars KT Tunstall, Amy Macdonald, Marti Pellow and The Fratellis, as well as a number of emerging homegrown acts such as Dundee’s Be Charlotte, Bathgate’s Luke La Volpe and Aberdeen’s Ransom FA, who competed in BBC Three’s The Rap Game UK in 2019.
Australian pop star and Ru Paul’s Drag Race icon Courtney Act will also be joining STV presenter Polly Bartlett for an exclusive performance, while Ant & Dec and Love Island winner Paige Turley are among the famous faces set to make special appearances throughout the evening.
Songs for Scotland: Summer Festival will wrap up the STV Children’s Appeal’s series of online concerts which have been raising funds for its Emergency Coronavirus Campaign since being launched in May.
On why he’s giving his time to headline Songs for Scotland, 'Leave a Light On' hitmaker Tom Walker said: “How can one in four of Scotland’s children be in poverty? It’s just not right – something’s got to be done about that. If it’s one in four now, where are we going to be at the end of this pandemic, when people are losing jobs? It’s an important issue and people need to be made aware of it.”
Natalie Wright, STV Children’s Appeal Campaign Manager, said: “Summer 2020 has been a disappointing one to say the least, but we hope our Songs for Scotland series has gone some way in brightening up some of the darker moments of lockdown for many.
“The response to these online concerts from the people of Scotland and our supporters around the world has been incredible – and we, along with the thousands of vulnerable children in Scotland who benefit from these donations, would be extremely grateful to see another evening of generosity when the curtain goes up on our jam-packed Summer Festival this Thursday.”

Fans of Songs for Scotland: Summer Festival can donate £5 to the STV Children’s Appeal by texting HERO to 70507.
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Stephen Innes, STV