MUSICIANS will back our Blue Day fundraiser with a Big Blue Gig at the Wedgewood Rooms.
For the second year in a row, the Southsea venue will host The Big Blue Gig.
It will take place on Blue Day itself, Friday, April 19, and bands Kojak’s Revenge, the Bog Rolling Stones, Bemis and The Fliks have been confirmed so far.
The artists will be spread out over two stages.
Blue Day sees hundreds of people across the area host blue-themed events in aid of local charity the Tom Prince Cancer Trust.
The trust was set up in 2004 by avid Pompey fan Tom’s family, shortly after his death from the bone cancer osteosarcoma at the age of 15.
Geoff Priestley, manager of the Wedgewood Rooms, said he took the opportunity to organise a concert on Blue Day itself this year – last year it was held a few days before.
‘If we can do it on Blue Day, then we should do it on Blue Day,’ he said.
‘The money goes to a good cause – the treatment of cancer for young people.
‘That’s part of our key demographic – that’s the people that we get into the venue.
‘This year we are going to have a good crack at it and try and raise as much as we can.
‘It was a good event last year.
‘The Prince family had a good time.
‘This year it should be even better.’
Andy Burgess, the lead singer of the Bog Rolling Stones, is a friend of the family and knew Tom when he was a youngster.
He regularly organises fundraising events for the Trust.
He said: ‘There is such a personal connection with the charity as it’s very much a family affair.
‘You are doing something for your own town.
‘In these austere times when we are all strapped for cash, charities begin at home.
‘It’s very much like you are giving to a personal cause rather than a big pot of money.’
Over the past six Blue Days, a total of £194,000 has been raised for the charity.
Tickets are £8 each with all proceeds going to the Tom Prince Cancer Trust.
To find out more and to buy tickets please visit wedgewood-rooms.co.uk.
Click here to view our Blue Day information page