Sheffield’s Braver than Fiction gig to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support

A Sheffield band are preparing for a charity performance to raise money for cancer care and research.

Braver than Fiction, formed of Mel, Adam, Jason, Martin and Paul, are set to play the Dove and Rainbow on the 2nd December with the money raised going to Macmillan Cancer Support.

The band were forced to take a year hiatus after lead singer Mel Lampro underwent treatment for Stage Four non-Hodgkin Lymphoma.

“I had been ill for quite a few years, it started off as a niggle and couldn’t figure out what it was,” said Mel.

“After three years I wondered what the matter was with me. I am a clumsy individual at the best of times, but I was falling over more than normal and, at the beginning of January 2015, I was diagnosed.

“Every available space between the bottom of my ribs and the pelvis area was tumour.”

Formed in 2013, the band had originally started out as a studio project but soon progressed to gigging.

The Dove and Rainbow has extra significance to the group, being the first place that they performed their showcase of music.

The band is being supported by Idle Gentleman who have close link to the musicians.

“We are really happy to have Idle Gentleman supporting us. They are a really new band and Ry Gresham, who fronts them, auditioned for Braver than Fiction before,” Mel said.

“We are raising money for Macmillan because they are working on a lot of things to help make it easier for people.

“I was feeling a little bit isolated and confused and didn’t really know what to do. I turned to them for support over the telephone and they were absolutely brilliant with me.

“Sometimes there are things that you can’t talk to your friends and family about.”

Following the release of their latest EP, The Fool, the band plan to continue gigging and working on projects in the new year.

Euan Antona

Second year Journalism Student at the University of Sheffield. @EuanAntona

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