Gig inspired by pal

Danny Simm
Danny Simm

A WIGAN teenager is hosting a music bash for charity.

Danny Simm, 14, is currently putting the finishing touches to Simfest which will take place on January 22.

The Hindley High School pupil was inspired to organise a fund-raising event for the JDRF charity, which supports research into Type One Diabetes.

Danny’s best friend, Harry, 16, was diagnosed with the condition when he was just a toddler.

Danny, of Platt Bridge, said: “This is my first time organising an event to this scale, though I used to organise little theme parties in primary school.

“Harry has not stopped praising me for the help I am doing.

“He has even set up the Simfest Twitter page.”

Danny has booked a range of acts to take part in the show at Fuzzbox Studios, Clayton Street, with the line up consisting of: The Fifth Root; Skive; Junction 23; Loor aLos Heroes; Smitten Kitten; The Relays

Danny added: “The bands playing have all agreed to do this gig out of their own goodwill.

“I can’t thank them enough for doing this for us.

“Fuzzbox is a great place to hold an event like this.

“It’s a chance to raise money for a good cause and listen to great local music.”

Danny works alongside John Kettle at Jaraf House Studios, where he hopes to train and become a music producer.

He enjoys playing the mandolin and ukulele.

Pal Bradley Iisak is also helping to organise the event.

Harry, who attends Bolton College, said: “I think it’s great that Danny is organising something like this for charity.

“JDRF is a really good charity which funds research into the condition . “It also helps people and their family cope with it.”

Tickets for the gig can be obtained by emailing

Doors open from 2pm and entry is £2.