Tribute nights to help new bands around Mansfield

NMAC12-0892-1''Michael and Tony Roy who are running a series of concerts at The Rufford Arms in Mansfield

NMAC12-0892-1''Michael and Tony Roy who are running a series of concerts at The Rufford Arms in Mansfield

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TWO brothers are helping upcoming musical talent to shine by giving them the chance to win a support slot at a series of tribute band gigs in Mansfield.

Music lovers Tony and Michael Roy, both from Mansfield, have organised a monthly music night at the Rufford Arms pub to help unearth young bands in the area and raise money for the liver unit at Birmingham Hospital, where Tony was once treated.

Upcoming gigs include an Oasis tribute on 29th June, where Mansfield band Vespa have already secured a support slot, and a London-based Nirvana tribute will be performing at a special Hallowe’en gig in October.

Tony says a young band can make a breakthrough if they are in front of the right crowd and is optimistic that the non-profit making initiative will be a success.

“I was in bands when I was younger and we always found it really hard to get a gig somewhere so we want to help young bands out,” said Tony.

“But I know that half the battle when you’re in a band is finding a platform to perform, we’re quietly optimistic that these gigs will attract a lot of people and we’ve already had a lot of interest so far.

“A lot of people will go to a gig and come away talking about the support band, I know there are a lot of young people into Nirvana and that sort of scene is still in Mansfield so we’re looking for a band to hopefully come from nowhere and go forward.”

Tony was treated for a serious liver problem in July last year at Birmingham Hospital but has now made a full recovery and says any profits made from the gigs will go towards the hospital as a thank you for their help.

Any bands who think they could support some of the upcoming tribute acts at the Rufford Arms pub should contact Tony Roy on 07816 506087 or email tony.roy1@virginmedia.com.