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Q & A with the organisers of Songs from the Neighbourhood

In 2010 the first Songs from the Neigbourhood concert took place at the Municipal Hall in Colne. It was declared a success after providing non-stop entertainment as well as raising valuable funds for Pendleside Hospice and Derian House Children’s Hospice.

The gig was too much of a success to leave as a one off and so on November 4th it’s all happening again. Complimented by a fund-raising album which is available to download now, the gig promises to be just as entertaining as last time and once again will raise much needed money for services which serve their communities beautifully..

We spoke to one of the organisers Stephen Rigg to find out about the album, the gig and how people can help.

Pendleside Hospice and Derian House Children’s Hospice are the chosen charities  – what was it about these two places which made you drive to raise money for them?

They both provide really important help to our communities, and really do need the support. As the whole premise of ‘Songs from The Neighbourhood” IS Neighbourhood, it seems fitting that our local talent and fan base, supports our local charities, who in turn help our local communities.

Details on the album:

The album is on sale now, and is available to download at

The album contains 20 tracks from 20 different artists from Pendle and surrounding area’s.

The following artists feature on the album:

Lewis & The Neighbourhood
Tea Spoon
Draks Drum
The Rubbish
The Knew
Milltown Brothers
Half Angels
Franco and The Dreadnought
Mark Hicks
The Balancines
Big Picture
Lewis Nelson
The Mirrors
Sean G Clarke
The Lovely Eggs
Danny Handley
Paul Greenwood
Micky P Kerr

Do you still need artists to supply tracks?

Yes, as well as the main 20 x track album, containing mainly acts that will be playing live at the concert on the 4th of November, we will also be adding various EP style packages on sale from the same page which will feature more songs with a local connection.

We want bands who have a local connection and a great song they are happy to donate for the album.

Details on the concert:

The concert is on the 4th November 2012 at The Muni Theatre in Colne. Tickets are available from at £10 for the whole day. Food and a licensed bar are available all day. Under 12’s go free.

The SFTN gig will once again be around about ten hours in length, a real show for your money! The venue opens at 1pm with the show starting at 2pm and running through until around 11pm.

What is the format going to be, how will the event unfold?

The order of events is still being decided, but we do know that it will feature dance performances from Sanderson Dance Studio, in the early afternoon, with more acoustic acts on as the afternoon progresses. As the evening unfolds the show will become louder and more Rock n Roll.

We have a surprise, big name headline act who has confirmed but cannot be announced at this time. Also playing live will be Milltown Brothers, Hate Syndicate, The Rubbish, Half Angels, Supernova, Draks Drum, Big Picture, Micky P Kerr, Lewis Nelson, Roger Westbrook, Mocking Birds, The Mirrors and Tea Spoon.

Also people can help by sponsoring the event and raising funds that way. Many business members of the community have already got involved to help out and those already down as sponsors include Steele Ford & Newton, Space Digital, Lancashire Rugby Union, Boost Agency, Simpson Skoda, Swish Kitchens and Hartley Nelson Company.

Those in a position to provide sponsorship still can do with packages starting at £100. Anyone interested should contact Mark Nelson whose contact details are below.

All in all a worthwhile and valuable cause. Go to the website of Songs from the Neighbourhood for more information.

Reminders again: To purchase the album go to

To buy a ticket for the concert go to 

To discuss providing sponsorship contact Mark Nelson on

Bands wanting to contribute songs to one of the future fund-raising EP’s should send them to


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