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Delhi 2 Dublin Indiegogo campaign replaces stolen gear in time for Grey Cup gig

11/27/2014 04:18 EST | Updated 01/27/2015 05:59 EST
After a thief made off with $15,000 worth of their equipment, B.C. band Delhi 2 Dublin's current tour — including a performance tonight at the Grey Cup Festival in Vancouver — was put in jeopardy.

But the popular world music group turned to social media to save the day, starting an Indiegogo campaign to raise $10,000 — and put them back on stage.

Watch the band's YouTube video that launched the campaign.

The Keep Delhi 2 Dublin Rrrrrrrockin! campaign was launched on Nov. 22, the day after the band played in Oakland, California, only to be woken up by police at 5 a.m. and told thieves had broken into their van.

"It's heartbreaking," the band wrote on their Indiegogo page. "We lost 15K worth of gear. A really special guitar. A great violin. Tons of electronic gear. And all of our guitar and violin pedals."

With an ongoing tour in California, a date to play to the Grey Cup festival crowds in Vancouver tonight, a new album to record, and a three-week tour in Australia scheduled for December 27, the bad news for the band just didn't stop.

"We've learned that our current insurance policies don't cover our losses in this kind of situation, they wrote.

"We've learned that a secured parking lot with a security guard and cameras isn't secure enough. And we've also learned that the police are busy and and we'll likely never see this gear again."

With perks ranging from $5 (a high five at their next show) to $1,000 (A VIP package including a potato salad party, with salad made by the band), the $10,000 goal was reached in just two days.

An update states that a precious guitar has been recovered, a loophole in their policy means the cost of an expensive violin is almost covered, and the donations have made up the difference.

"Not only are we ok," the update reads. "We're really really good. We're filled with a deep sense of gratitude and awe. This process has taught us so much about acceptance and the power of 'the ask'. What a perfect mix of emotions to weave into the album we're writing.

"Thank you family!!!"

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