Davestock breaks record

Davestock festival organiser Dave Kaaria has raised more than ever before from the annual one-day event.

Dave, 24, collected 614 from the music showcase, which was held at The Boulevard, Wallgate, on Sunday May 25.

All the cash from the event, in its fourth year, has been donated to Wigan and Leigh Hospice.

Dave said: "Everything went really well; it has probably been our best one ever.

"Everybody contributed what they could and The Boulevard even donated

10 per cent of the bar takings on the night.

"A few of my mates even sat at the front of the venue welcoming punters in while the bands were playing."

The Hicks, The Silk Pigs, Moco and Giant Root Attack (added to the line up at the last minute to fill in for Hijak Oscar) all performed on the night for free.

The money raised will go towards improving facilities at Wigan and Leigh Hospice, Kildare Street, Hindley.

Davestock began in 2004 after Dave, who works for office removals company BMG, was inspired by the 1993 comedy movie Wayne's World 2. In the film best friends Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar (Mike Myers and Dana Carvey) decide to stage a rock festival in their home city of Aurora, Illinois.

Dave, from Latham Lane, Kitt Green, said: "I would like to say a huge thank you to everybody who came to The Boulevard on the night and offered their support.

"Next year's Davestock will hopefully be even bigger as we try to attract radio and TV interest in the fundraiser."