Fundraiser for Leeds soundman ‘Archie’ makes £8,000

Michael 'Archie' Archibald.
Michael 'Archie' Archibald.
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A charity concert night in memory of a legend of the Leeds music scene raised over £8,000 for a hospice which helped him fulfil his dying wish.

Michael ‘Archie’ Archibald was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of sarcoma cancer which affects the tissue and body structures surrounding the organs in June this year.

His final wish was that he could return to Switzerland, where he had spent a period of time working and living, and St Gemma’s Hospice was the driving force behind making it happen for the 41-year-old sound engineer.

It provided respite, arranged his medication and gave him advice on medical care.

He made the trip and died in Switzerland near the mountain region which he loved when he lived there 12 years ago.

After working there, Archie had moved back to the Hyde Park area of Leeds and had since worked as a sound engineer at the Brudenell Social Club and also for bands on tour.

Many of the bands he worked with started out in underground venues and club nights, staged by Archie, and went on to get record deals.

Some of the bands he had worked with over the years, plus others from the Leeds and international music scene, wanted to put on a memorial event and to say thank you to St Gemma’s Hospice.

Bands such as Hookworms, Eagulls, Cowtown, Bilge Pump and 99 Hertz took to the stage for free and donations on the door and afterwards made up the final total.

Nathan Clark, Brudenell Club’s manager said: “We weren’t looking for any particular amount, we just wanted to raise money for the hospice and we thought it was a great cause.

“We all really enjoyed the night. We had a memorial a few weeks ago but this was a celebration with good people and friends coming together in his memory.

“He had an international reputation and a massive standing in the local community.”

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