The Racketeers and Archive 45 play benefit gig at The Wedgewood Rooms for injured music fan

The benefit gig for Andy Reeves is at The Wedgewood Rooms
The benefit gig for Andy Reeves is at The Wedgewood Rooms
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Pompey’s music scene is pulling together this evening with a fundraising gig for regular gig-goer and music fan Andy Reeves.

Cyclist Andy was in a collision with a car in an accident on Fratton Bridge on June 1. The injuries put him in a coma and he was kept in the region’s specialist neurological unit at Southampton for five weeks. Now at St James’ Hospital back in Portsmouth, he faces a long road to recovery.

Portsmouth’s own seven-piece soul-ska act The Racketeers and punk-rock veterans Archive 45 are playing the benefit gig along with DJs Rob Moore and Jason Webster.

Andy’s friend Malcolm Ball helped put on the gig, and says: ‘Andy was a regular at the Wedge – he’s always liked his music as long as I’ve known him.

‘With the help of a few others, particularly Mark from The Racketeers and Geoff Priestley at the Wedge, we’ve managed to pull this together.’

Andy has a long-term partner and young daughter, and with him unable to work for the foreseeable future, the money raised will go towards helping secure their future.

Malcolm adds: ‘Without his income, it’s a major blow to their circumstances. We need as many people as possible to come along and support them.’

Doors open 8pm tonight. Tickets £10. Go to wedgewood-rooms.co.uk