Nick Courtney is one of the best known names in music locally. He’s been running Portsmouth gigs for decades, having taken over an open mic night from his father, Roger. He also holds regular charity events.
So, when his mother-in-law was diagnosed with breast cancer, Nick did what he does best and arranged a huge musical fundraiser.
Says Nick: ‘We are very proud of her bravery and determination in overcoming this illness at the same time as being not only a mother, but a grandmother and a foster parent too.’
He’s been inspired to not only run the Big Weekend festival to raise money for Breast Cancer Care, but also to run the Brighton Marathon.
The Big Weekend takes place tomorrow and Sunday from noon to midnight at the RMA Tavern in Southsea.
It features 37 bands including Beth Oliver Band, The Explorers, Alfie Horne, Toy Town, Sound Of The Sirens, Foxer, The Harassments, The Redoubtables, The Plans, Kill Kasper and Electric Eden tomorrow.
Then, among the bands playing on Sunday are Lip Service, Jay Groovara, Silhouettes, Coburg’s Widow, Slick Minded Individuals, Skaraman And Belle And The Beaus.
There will also be a rock ‘n’ roll raffle on both days and food from Angie’s Pot. A two-day wristband costs £5 and can be bought from Nick’s Sweet Memories Record Shop, 101 Fratton Road, until 5pm today or from 11am on the door each day.