The West Midlands music community is pulling together to raise spirits as we continue to navigate the after affects of the coronavirus pandemic – and also help out Samaritans – with a music festival in one of Wolverhampton’s favourite music venues this July

The show will see a host of the region’s rising stars share a stage and utilise the “quality” and “terrific camaraderie” that has kept the music scene going through this toughest of times when they bring the noise to the Newhampton Arts Centre on 2 July.

Tickets cost just £10 each and are available now from the venue. All profits from the night will go to Samaritans, helping those who don’t necessarily feel they are part of a community.

The line-up is a real who’s who of a music scene bursting at the seams with talent. Alex Ohm (Upper Gornal), The Jack Fletcher Band (Wolverhampton), The Pagans SOH (West Bromwich), The Humdrum Express (Kidderminster), Smokin Eskimo (Bilston), Jack Cattell (Walsall), Brains For Breakfast (Walsall) and Bryony Williams (Codsall)  will all perform sets. Stay Loose Records (Wolverhampton) will also be DJ-ing between bands .

The show is the brainchild of first time promoter Mark Terry, aka Finklepepper on Twitter and a long-time advocate of local acts, and has been in the pipeline now for almost two years.

Mark said: “Wolverhampton born and bred, I’ve been a keen gig goer for more than 30 years.  Being proud of our local area, it was a very easy decision to focus on local acts for the show – especially given the quality of artists we have around the West Midlands at the moment.

When Covid hit, it was a real blow not being able to get out and experience live music so I wanted to curate a day that would bring everyone together and hopefully help people to look forward. I’ve been truly humbled by the response from artists that have agreed to play and I would really like this to be a day everyone remembers – maybe even becoming an annual event that celebrates the West Midlands and the talent we have around us.”

The show, which will be compèred by WCR FM’s Susan Vickers, opens at 1.30pm and runs until 9.30pm.  Tickets are available to purchase for this fantastic music festival below.

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‘It’s a privilege to headline the first ‘Community’ event in Wolverhampton. An event that celebrates great music from the area, that doesn’t focus on demographics. We can’t wait to share the stage with a whole heap of Midlands talent!’ Alex Ohm
“There are several reasons why I’m looking forward to this particular show. It will be my first appearance at the NAC (which is especially sweet after having one cancelled due to lockdown in March). It’s also an ideal chance to see lots of great acts at the same time while raising much needed funds for the Samaritans. It’s also worth noting that dedicated music fans such as Mark were a great support to so many bands during the difficult period of non-gig activity, buying merchandise and helping to keep musician’s profiles in the public eye at a time when many of us wondered if we’d ever get chance to return to what we love doing.” Ian Passey, The Humdrum Express
“We are absolutely delighted to be a part of the Community event alongside so many talented artists we’re lucky enough to call friends. The local music scene is crying out for events like this to showcase the fine talent that the Midlands has to offer and it will be the perfect start to kick off 2022” Jack Cattell
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