Fundraising gig at the Wedge will provide food for the hungry

Bemis on stage
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MUSICIANS from Portsmouth are joining forces for a charity gig in aid of the Community Food Bank.

The Community Food Bank Gig, held on Sunday, November 5, will see 15 bands join together in a day-long event in their efforts to raise money and awareness to the Community Food Bank.

Gareth Howells, who launched Portsmouth’s Community Food Bank Gig and frontman of featured acoustic rock band Bemis, was inspired to begin this event after performing at a gig in 2013.

Gareth said: ‘It seemed as if not many people knew about the gig before. I thought if I could involve a more punky group of musicians, it may bring a wider audience.’

This is the second year of the event being ran within Portsmouth – last year it was held at The Golden Eagle in Southsea.

However, this year will see the event moved to The Wedgewood Rooms, a larger venue which will hopefully increase the audience numbers and amount raised.

Gareth said: ‘It’s the first time at Wedgewood Rooms. We approached them to try and have a bigger venue and were thrilled when they said yes.

‘We’ve been sharing the event mostly through Facebook, with the artists and The Wedgewood Rooms helping to raise publicity. Even people who helped last year have been sharing which is great.’

‘Last year saw the car filled twice with donations. It’s nice to see when the food starts coming in and you realise that this is really working. Getting the same as last year would be great, but getting more would be even better.’

The gig will consist of 15 acts, including Kent headliner Hobo Jones and the Junkyard Dogs, who will be performing from 1pm at The Wedgewood Rooms until around 10.30pm. The event is suitable for all ages, with families welcome.

Entry fee is a donation of food which will be passed on to the Community Food Bank.

For further information on the event and to see the full list of acts, visit wedgewood-rooms.co.uk.