Edinburgh musicians to unite for Oskar Halliday tribute gig

Oskar pictured with his grandmother Debbie

Oskar pictured with his grandmother Debbie

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Musicians from across the Capital will take to the stage this evening (Friday) for a special gig in tribute to an “amazing” two-year-old who passed away suddenly in October.

Youngster Oskar Halliday died on his second due date “birthday” following a sudden illness.

His death came just two years after his parents Megan Lothian and Max Halliday also went through the agony of losing his twin, Reuben, to stillbirth.

But now his family, who are from Edinburgh, are rallying round in a bid to raise cash for those who looked after him at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary’s “fantastic” neonatal unit.

The event, which will get started from 6pm, will feature bands such as Meet Mr Callaghan and The King Bees, The Mean Reds, The Rising Souls.

Organiser Steve Shields, the partner of Oskar’s grandmother Debbie Halliday, said he hoped the gig would bring “something positive” out of Oskar’s sudden loss.

The 54-year-old said: “Nobody really knows what to say, it’s beyond understanding for everybody.

“Oskar’s mum and dad wanted to say thank you to the neonatal unit so I suggested that we have a gig to raise money for them.

“If something positive can come out of it that’s good - everybody who has been involved has been absolutely fantastic.”

According to grandmother Debbie, 49, a gig is the perfect way to pay tribute to the youngster.

She said: “He was an amazing little boy. He was just full of fun and he loved dancing and music.

“Anyone that met Oskar just fell in love with him straight away, it’s a big loss.

“I don’t think any of us have really processed it because it was so sudden but we are doing OK.

“We are a very close family so we are all here for each other.

“The neonatal unit did such a wonderful job - he was in there for about a month and it was just amazing to watch how they looked after him. It was just overwhelming.

“We want to help other people in similar situations - it will mean such a lot.”

Magician Elliot Bibby will also make an appearance at the gig to entertain guests with an array of magic tricks.

Tickets cost £5 each and can be bought at the door, or online at http://www.seetickets.com/event/music-for-oskars-journey/stramash/1046850

Those would like to donate, but can’t make it to the gig, can do so at https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/debrahalliday1