Oct 2014 29

Bad Pollyanna pays tribute with the Sophie Lancaster FoundationAlternative/goth rock act Bad Pollyanna has released a music video for the new single, titled “Invincible Girl;” the song and video was produced in association with the Sophie Lancaster Foundation to commemorate the seventh anniversary of the murder of Sophie Lancaster. Available to purchase in CD and digital formats via iTunes, Amazon, and the Bad Pollyanna website, all proceeds from the single will go to the foundation. Founded by the victim’s mother, Sylvia Lancaster, the purpose of the foundation is to raise awareness and oppose prejudice toward alternative subcultures, LGBT groups, and people with disabilities in schools and prisons.. Says Lancaster, “We all feel that seven years is an appropriate milestone to celebrate the strength and courage Sophie’s death has given us to slowly but surely change the world.” The foundation recently announced that it will be holding the world’s first Alternative Hate Crime Conference, scheduled to take place on November 26; further information can be found on the foundation’s website.
The murder of Sophie Lancaster occurred on August 11, 2007 as she and her boyfriend Robert Maltby were assaulted by several teenage males in Stubbylee Park in Bacup, Rossendale, in Lancashire. Lancaster died 13 days later, having never regained consciousness from her coma as a result of severe head injuries inflicted by her assailants. Maltby was also in a coma with bleeding on the brain; he recovered, but now lives with lasting brain damage.
Of the five teenage boys charged with the crime, two were convicted of murder and sentenced to life-imprisonment, while the other three were jailed for grievous bodily harm.
Following the attack, VNV Nation’s Ronan Harris dedicated the song “Illusion” to Lancaster.
The music video was produced by the band’s vocalist Olivia Hyde, directed by Daniel Bickerton, with make-up provided by Illamasqua, one of the band’s official sponsors. Bad Pollyanna recently wrapped up the Punishment tour of the UK and Europe in August 2014 with William Control and has also shared the stage with The Fearless Vampire Killers and The Crüxshadows.

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Ilker Yücel (Ilker81x)

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