Musicians are set to rock in aid of mental illness

The Showroom bar manager Christine Snowden and Al Devon hold a Plug and Play poster as (left to right) Daniel Drinkwater, Heidi Readman-Ahmed, John Garbutt and Daniel D'Arcy look on

The Showroom bar manager Christine Snowden and Al Devon hold a Plug and Play poster as (left to right) Daniel Drinkwater, Heidi Readman-Ahmed, John Garbutt and Daniel D'Arcy look on

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MUSICIANS are set to rock it out during an all-day event in aid of mental illness.

Around 25 acts, including local bands and artists from around the country, will perform during an all-day live music concert taking place at popular new music venue The Showroom, in Victoria Road, in Hartlepool on Saturday, November 29.

The event, taking place from 11.30am until 3am, is being held to raise money for research into Alzheimer’s Disease and to raise awareness about how the illness affects young people.

It is called Plug & Play and is the brainchild of artist management agency Peng PR and Approach Training Safely, and led by former singer/songwriter and co-founder of Hartlepool band, The Jar Family, Al Devon.

Al said his grandfather has Alzheimer’s, while both his girlfriend’s grandparents are sufferers, and added: “There are probably about six people around me dealing with a family member who has got it.”

He added: “With over 65,000 deaths each year and a predicted one million sufferers by 2015, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are widely described as ‘a silent killer’.

“One of the most alarming statistics for me is the amount of young people it now affects.

“There are over 40,000 young people suffering from dementia and over 80 per cent of people in UK care homes have some form of dementia – those are very scary figures.

“Music and musicians are not really known to do much for this cause because there are so many other very worthy causes out there mainly, but as that list grows I think it’s important to remember that all of us are heading towards old age and so we thought it would be nice to try and raise some money for Alzheimer’s Research UK and some much-needed awareness, especially with young people.”

There will be two stages, an acoustic upstairs stage starting from 11.30am and headlined by Pek & Wanley at 7pm, and a main stage downstairs from 4pm and headlined by The Purnells at 11.30pm, followed by DJs until 3am.

Acts are largely from the North-East, but Watts The SP, hail from Brighton and have supported Fat Boy Slim, while In Search of Sun are from London.

Al said: “The line-up is incredible, all of the bands are playing for free and local training company, Approach Training Safely, will sponsor and host the main stage and provide volunteer staff for the event, local online music magazine NE Volume are hosting the upstairs acoustic stage and music label Peng PR have helped with the bands and promotion for free, it’s going to be a brilliant day. It’s just amazing the amount of support and help we’ve been given to make it happen.”

Tickets are £6 and available from The Showroom, or www.wegottickets.com/event/287956