Night of music in aid of foundation

Kuti's of Wickham, Wickham Star Corner, Fareham Road, Wickham.

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An eclectic array of Portsmouth musicians will take to the stage and sing their hearts out for a good cause on Thursday next week.

The gig, which will raise money for the Portsmouth-based Beneficial Foundation, promises to provide entertainment for music-lovers of all tastes and ages.

Local talent Everything But Arms are headlining the fundraiser at the Wedgewood Rooms after going down a storm at last year's event with their pop-punk tunes.

The classically-trained boys, who are launching a four-track EP on the night, will follow Brighton band the Gaa Gaas, whose presence in Portsmouth has been long-awaited.

Their style of infectious and edgy underground dance is the perfect complement to the fresh sounds of Everything But Arms.

Five-piece contemporary funk-soul-ska band Ugly Auntie – another favourite from last year's event – will be back with their funky covers of hits from the likes of Stevie Wonder, Justin Timberlake and Tina Turner.

In case you thought the evening's acts couldn't be any more diverse, there will also be the honeyed tones of the young up-and-coming acoustic talent, Heather Bailey (who will also be joining Everything But Arms during the headline set), as well as sets from locals James

Tippin and Rory Kennard.

If that's not enough to keep your feet tapping, then Southsea DJ Tom Leighfield will be back again to close the night with some dance-floor classics.

Money raised will go to The Beneficial Foundation, a local charity that provides education, training and rehabilitation to disadvantaged adults of all ages.

Organiser and member of Trash Arts Sam Mason Bell says: 'We are looking to use the arts and media to promote awareness about people with learning difficulties.'

Doors open at 7pm on Thursday. Tickets cost 6 on the door or from (023) 9286 3911 or

wedgewood-rooms.co.uk