Drumming up support for charity fundraiser in memory of 15-year-old Emma Smith
ROCK and rollers are tuning their guitars ahead of a live performance for charity.
Bands from across North East Lincolnshire and the surrounding area will roll up at the Yardbirds Rock Club, in Church Street, Grimsby, in memory of 15-year-old Emma Smith.
As reported, the teenager died following a brave battle with leukaemia in March last year, and the gig will support Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.
From heavy metal and cover bands to pop, the organisers hope the event – being staged on Thursday, October 25 – will draw in plenty of people and funds.
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Kelly Hoggins, of Grimsby, is looking forward to hearing some great local talent perform live.
The 19-year-old said: "I wanted to raise money by organising an event that would get a lot of interest from not only people living in Grimsby, but those living nearby too.
"This is the first time I have organised something as big as this so I am hoping for it to be a success.
"I know the bands are all looking forward to attending and helping out.
"Doors will open at 6.30pm on the night and tickets can be bought on the door for £4.50."
Headlining the night will be the Grimsby group Signature 67, who are no strangers to raising money for charity.
Lead singer Andy Welburn, 25, said: "We have performed at charity gigs before and they have always been great events with a good turnout.
"Our style of music is a mixture of old school rock with new style metal.
"We just want to be different and try to stand out more, so I hope people will enjoy what we have to offer on the night.
"These type of events do raise a lot of money and this is a great cause to be helping."
The lead singer of Grimsby band Gloomlurker is hoping to increase the fanbase through the gig.
Scott Sellers, 24, said: "A lot of gigs we attend are mainly out of Grimsby so we are looking forward to promoting ourselves more in our home town."
Hard rock metal band Call To Rise have been performing together since November 2009.
The five band members, all from Grimsby, are urging everyone to attend.
Chris Barley, 27, said: "Nights such as this are never about the bands, as long as plenty of money is raised then that is all that matters."
Other bands attending the night include Blackened Eyes, Peacekeeperz and Ryan Jagger.
Advance tickets for the over-18s only event are £4 from 07748 528799.