Music day at Portsmouth Pyramids Centre for mental health

ORGANISERS Tony Merritt, Steph Langan, Kev Parker and Lisa Holland. Picture: Allan Hutchings (122938-394)
ORGANISERS Tony Merritt, Steph Langan, Kev Parker and Lisa Holland. Picture: Allan Hutchings (122938-394)

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MUSIC fans are tuning up for a festival with a difference.

Tonic will take place in Portsmouth Pyramids Centre, at Southsea Seafront, in a bid to raise awareness of metal health issues.

The line-up includes many big names, such as Mark Morriss, Mike Joyce, Kodiak Jack, The Novatones and Nymph.

Also playing at the event will be The Cellar Takeover, Subgiant, Heath-ward, Hipshaker, Love by Numbers, and many more.

The idea for the festival came from Lisa Holland and Steph Langan who both are both music festival lovers. The pair also have friends who have been affected by mental health problems including depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder.

Lisa, 39, from Fratton, said: ‘We want to bring the community together to raise awareness of mental health and challenge the stigma attached to it.

‘One in four of us suffers from mental health issues at one point on our lives, so that means that even if someone hasn’t experienced it themselves, they will know someone who has.

‘But lots of people don’t like to talk about it and that’s something we want to change.’

The festival is on September 29 from 11.30am to 2am. Tickets cost (023) 9279 9977.