Six of best for autism charity gig

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WIGAN’s music scene is coming out in force in support of a good cause with a bumper charity gig at a town centre venue this weekend.

Six bands will take to the stage at Kaff, in Clarence Yard, for a fund-raising gig in aid of Love Autism, which provides support to the families of children and young adults with autistic spectrum disorders.

The gig will be headlined by established Wigan rockers Grassroots, who have been showcasing their distinctive songs to audiences on the scene for more than six years.

The three-piece, made up of guitarist and vocalist Kev Atherton, bassist and backing vocalist Macky and drummer and backing vocalist Sandro, play a brand of rock music blending everything from elements of indie to funk and dance.

Hailing bands ranging from the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Rage Against The Machine to Led Zeppelin to the Stone Roses as influences, the group have already made a considerable impression on the local music scene with their heavy grooves and epic sound.

The gig’s organisers are hoping as many music fans as possible will head down to Kaff to support the charity fund-raising, with a varied line-up which should appeal to a wide range of Wigan music enthusiasts and show off the breadth and diversity of the local scene.

Ska band RedEyed Jedi will bring cool Caribbean vibes to Kaff with their laid-back grooves and catchy melodic tunes, which are given an extra authentic twist by the inclusion of trumpet and saxophone in the line-up.

Musical traditions are also important to The Stetsons Electric, who will take to the stage with their country and western-influenced take on folk-rock.

On a heavier note, grunge rockers Degeneration Fuzz will take everyone back to the spirit of Seattle circa 1992 with their sound drawn from acts such as Nirvana and Soundgarden, playing songs from their recent self-titled EP.

The packed line-up is rounded off by appearances from punk group the Midwich Cuckoos, who have already appeared on the Kaff stage on a bill with legendary punk act The Members this year, and post-grunge three-piece Phyxation, whose members come from Wigan and Skelmersdale.

There will also be several auctions between sets, with items donated by local businesses going under the hammer to raise more money for Love Autism.

The Love Autism charity gig will take place at Kaff on Saturday, May 18, starting at 8pm. The minimum donation on the door is £4. The event is for over 16s only.

To find out more search for Love Autism charity gig on Facebook.