The Arctic Monkeys donate the profits from their new single to Oxfam. The charity also raised funds through music sales from The Cake Sale.
Christine Kostick Manager of Oxfam Books on Parliament Street in Dublin explains how proceeds raised from the sale of the single will go towards projects in Central Eastern Africa. In 2008, all the Oxfam shops raised around three hundred thousand euro in music sales alone, enough to fund their entire project in Uganda
Arctic Monkeys are used to reaching their fans in unconventional ways. Now the band's selling it latest single 'Crying Lightning' in Oxfam shops and donating the profits.
The B-side of the limited edition vinyl single features a cover Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds 'Red Right Hand'. Anyone who buys the vinyl will also get a free mp3 download of the songs.
The Arctic Monkeys are not the first band to release a charity record for Oxfam. Brian Crosby formerly of Dublin band Bell X1 was the man behind the charity album 'The Cake Sale' which featured artists such as Lisa Hannigan, Damien Rice, Josh Ritter, Gary Lightbody, Glen Hansards and Neil Hannon. The record went double platinum in Ireland raising thousands of euro for Oxfam.
The Arctic Monkeys single will go on sale in nine Oxfam shops in Ireland on Friday 14 August in the Republic and Monday 17 August in Northern Ireland.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 4 August 2009. The reporter is Sharon Tobin.