LOCAL bands and artists are being encouraged to take part in a big charity concert to raise cash for this year’s Blue Day.
The Wedgewood Rooms in Southsea will be the venue for The Big Blue Do – a concert featuring local bands to raise cash for the Tom Prince Cancer Trust.
Tribute group Kojak’s Revenge are already lined up to headline and The Phantom will also be there on the night.
It will take place on Wednesday, April 18 – two days before this year’s Blue Day.
Geoff Priestley, general manager at the Wedgewood Rooms, in Albert Road, said he was thrilled to get on board.
‘We have done stuff with the Tom Prince charity before and it’s close to our hearts,’ he said. ‘It should be good fun and it should raise some money for a good cause.
‘I hope people come and pack the place out.
‘It’s great. Anything we can do to help the charity move forward we are happy to do.’
Andy Burgess, the bass player for The Phantom, is a patron of the charity having known the family well.
‘Anything I can get involved with to help promote the trust and to raise money for it, I jump at the chance,’ he said.
‘It’s such a great cause. I knew Tom and the Prince family from when he was about 11. I got to know them over the years.
‘We have done a few gigs for them. When we got word of this coming up we were very eager to get involved.
‘Having Kojak’s Revenge on the bill is good – they have got a big following.
‘The people of Portsmouth will really take it on board that this is a local charity. We know it’s a local family and a local cause.
‘I know we will be doing all we can to spread the word.’
Tickets are on sale now priced at £6 each. Visit wedgewood-rooms.co.uk.
There is still room for a further two or three acts to perform on the night.
Any bands interested in taking part on the night should email firstname.lastname@example.org before next Monday, although there is limited availability, so people are advised to act quickly.
The fundraiser comes as the Spinnaker Tower lit up blue last night to mark the launch of the charity day.
· To find out more about Blue Day and to download a poster check out our Blue Day section