Kettering man hopes music event in aid of charities close to his heart will rock

Kevin Oakes, right, with one of the signed guitars up for grabs.
Kevin Oakes, right, with one of the signed guitars up for grabs.

A Kettering man has joined forces with friends to hold a day of rock music in aid of two charities close to his heart.

Kevin Oakes will be raising money for the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance and the British Biker Relief Foundation with his A Day of Rock event next month.

The poster for A Day Of Rock, to be held next month.

The poster for A Day Of Rock, to be held next month.

The event will be held at the Athletic Club in Rockingham Road in the town on Saturday, November 7.

It will play host to a number of local and acclaimed rock outfits, including Defy All Reason, Valous and Stevie Jones And The Wildfires.

Making a special appearance is legendary guitarist Chris Holmes, who is coming over from France.

Kevin said: “One of my friends was taken to hospital by air ambulance and it’s only then that you realise how important these services are.

“It’s something that you don’t realise but it’s something you may need at any point in your life.

“It really brought it close to home and we got together and thought let’s just do it.

“We’ve all worked hard to bring this together and if I got paid for the work we did I’d be a millionnaire.

“We want to give something back to the community and we’ve given out so many flyers.”

The event will also have a raffle with more than 70 prizes, including an Aria Pro II guitar and guitars signed by legends such as Steve Harris from Iron Maiden, Amon Amarth, and Gojira.

Kevin says they have had an excellent response so far.

He said: “We just want as many people as possible to come and enjoy this event and help us raise as much as we can.

“We’ve had a great response so far and it’s something different for the people of Kettering.

“We’ve been given a lot of backing from a number of rock music websites so that’s a real pat on the back and confidence booster for us.”

Tickets cost £10 in advance or £15 on the day and can be bought from www.wegottickets.com/event/307540 or in person at That Studio in Rockingham Road, Corby, or Cool Scoops in Gold Street, Kettering.