A new campaign has been launched to get the Delays song Valentine to No.1 for Valentine’s Day, following singer Greg Gilbert’s cancer diagnosis.
Gilbert was recently diagnosed with stage four-bowel cancer, which has now spread to his lungs, and urgently needs treatment not currently available on the NHS.
Fans of the band have launched a number of initiatives to help fund his specialist overseas treatment. A crowdfunding page was set up, while the band's former lighting designer Ed Warren is organising a fundraising night - Cavalry (named after a Delays' lyric) - which will take place at the 850-capacity venue in Gilbert's home city of Southampton on February 17. The night will feature acoustic sets from Mystery Jets and Band Of Skulls, members of Delays with Primal Scream bassist Simone Marie, Sam Duckworth, The Diamond Age and Thomas Tantrum, with more special guests to be announced.
Tickets cost £30 and are available here.
Now a #Valentine2Number1 campaign has been announced in a bid to get Delays’ track, which originally peaked Number 23, to the top spot.
Gift donations have been made by Coldplay, Mumford & Sons, Keane, Franz Ferdinand, Manic Street Preachers, Suede, Maccabees, Mark Radcliffe, The Vaccines, Daniel Avery, Pixies and Premises Studios London.