27 bands ready to rock for cause

Published: 14 Feb 2013 12:00

A FESTIVAL of live music featuring 27 local bands rolls into Gourock next week with proceeds being donated to Ardgowan Hospice.

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A FESTIVAL of live music featuring 27 local bands rolls into Gourock next week with proceeds being donated to Ardgowan Hospice.

The Darroch Bar, on Shore Street, is hosting Bandfest on Friday 22, Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 February with live music all day over the three days in two rooms.

The event was organised by bar owner Maida McNeil, who has supported the local live music scene over the past eight years through hosting band nights and welcoming various artists on a weekly basis.

It was also inspired by her husband who is currently receiving treatment for the disease.

Maida said: "My husband is suffering from cancer and hasn't yet got the all-clear.

"Beacause of that I wanted to do something for Ardgowan Hospice.

"I started putting together this event last October and this is it falling into place now.

"All the bands are local and Darroch Bar favourites who have performed here over the last eight years. They all have different styles and there will definitely be something for everyone's music taste - that's the great thing about this."

A staggering 27 local bands will take to the stage in the popular Gourock venue to showcase their sounds and the event promises to have something for everyone.

Among the acts performing will be Greenock-based four-piece soul band Phoenix Gene.

The band are on a high after releasing a single, Madison, at the end of January.

It was recently perched high at number two in the Reverbnation Chart.

Guitarist and vocalist Steven Wilson said: "We are looking forward to playing live at the Darroch Bar, Gourock, on Saturday 23 along with other local bands.

"There are four of us, myself, John Mordecai on guitar/vocals, John Newbury on bass and Eric Joyce on drums."

Tickets for The Darroch Bandfest are available to buy now from the bar priced £5 for a daily ticket or a special offer of £12 for a weekend wristband.

For more information about the event call the Darroch on 631780.

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