Valley bands join forces for benefit gig to aid flood victims

great act: The Outer Zeds will perform to help flood victims
great act: The Outer Zeds will perform to help flood victims
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There’s been plenty of good will going round Hebden Bridge in the last couple of weeks after flooding brought devastation to local businesses and homeowners.

Community spirit shone through as people pulled together to help each other out and now local bands are hoping they can play their part.

Rocking ska band The Owter Zeds will team up with the Calder Valley’s foremost rhythm and blues band, Mean Business, as part of the Trades Club Flood Relief Benefit on Wednesday July 18.

The bands are well known in the Calder Valley music scene and are keen to raise as much money as possible to help as many people as possible.

“Everyone is pulling together as part of a fantastic community effort,” said Wally Zed, lead guitarist of The Owter Zeds.

“People are doing what they can with practical help, Facebook links and all sorts of things being offered.

“Naturally, we want to do our bit and thought that our best way of helping would be with a benefit gig.”

The Trades Club was a victim of the floods itself after the torrential downpours over the June 23 weekend.

The club’s cellar floor fell through but community support helped them rescue the situtation which could have been catastrophic and the club even managed to open the next day.

“Lots of members turned up to help with a clear up, and we weren’t as badly affected as some, so we were able to re-open fairly quickly,” said Dave Boardman from the club’s entertainment group.

“Putting on benefit gigs for all kinds of good causes is a major part of our role in our community, so it is good to get one organised so quickly and these bands are both part of the community and very keen to help out”.

Club spokesperson Paul Clarke said: “The Trades wasn’t hit anywhere nearly as badly as some of our neighbours who have suffered a massive blow to their livelihoods so as we are a community club we wanted to do something to raise some much needed cash.

“Dave Boardman has used his contacts to pull together a top quality bill. We have been overwhelmed by the positive response from the valley’s music community.”

The Owter Zeds celebrated their 25th anniversary as part of the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival a couple of years ago and are always warmly welcomed in Hebden Bridge.

They are known for their high energy performances and are sure to put on a great show for everyone. Mean Business are no slouches when they’re on stage either.

Performing soul, r’n’b and funk classics from the last half century they will have you dancing from the moment you hear those first notes.

All proceeds raised on the night will go to the Community Foundation for Calderdale flood relief fund to help victims of the flood.

Tickets will cost just £10 each and organisers are hopeful of making it a sell out.

So make sure you book your tickets early for what promises to be not only a fantastic night of music but a once-in-a-lifetime community event.

Tickets are available directly from the club or by calling 01422 845 265.

For more information on the night go to www.thetradesclub.com.

You can also get information on the Community Foundation for Calderdale flood relief fund at www.cffc.co.uk.

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