Free from The Wilde – Jacob Reddy, Laura Cooper, Anthony Lord-Riddick, Ed Hunt and Evie Ivanson (Image: Phil McNally)
A UNIQUE celebration of the Blackburn music scene will be held on Saturday night bringing together bands of different generations for one special event.
Past Present and Future has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and will see power pop/punk quartet The Stiffs making a rare headline appearance in their home town with their original line-up.
Past Present and Future is part of the centenary celebration of King George’s Hall which hosts the evening.
In total six bands/artists are in the line-up including two – Free From the Wilde and The Preachers – representing the numerous up-and-coming outfits in the area.
Both bands have been part of a series of showcases put on by McNally Music Tuition, where they are students, but Saturday night’s gig is clearly something special.
“We are just very grateful to have been asked to play Past Present and Future,” said Free From the Wilde guitarist Ed Hunt. “When I was younger I would go to watch Anhedonia and The Ruby Tuesdays (two other bands on the bill) and now we’ll be sharing a stage with them.
“It makes you appreciate how far we have come in a relatively short time.”
Formed less than three years ago, Free From the Wilde have released four original songs through the MMT Record label and will be debuting a new song in their set on Saturday.
Bass player Jacob Reddy, who also has a burgeoning solo career, said: “Past Present and Future is a special event with different bands from different times all coming together. It’s going to be so different to most gigs that you can go to.”
As well as headliners The Stiffs, the line-up also includes Anhedonia, The Ruby Tuesdays, The Preachers and Teri Birtwistle.
A special souvenir booklet has been produced which will be available on the night featuring a number of influential bands from the local music scene over the past 40 years selected by a panel of music experts.
Proceeds from the booklet will go towards developing young bands in the area.
Phil McNally, owner of McNally Music Tuition in Blackburn, has put the event together.
They said: “Past Present and Future is a celebration of the local music scene and Saturday night will be unique. We are bringing bands of different generations together to play on one stage.
“To have The Stiffs as headliners is unbelievable. They have influenced so many young bands over the years.
“Past Present and Future also recognizes the contribution that King George’s Hall has played in the music scene in the area over its long and proud history.
“We have invited members of the bands who feature in the booklet to come along to be part of the audience and it’s going to be a very special occasion.”
Past Present and Future, King George’s Hall, Blackburn, Saturday, November 26. Details from www.bwdvenues.com