A big bash for cash

New Vinyl - The group with Paula Brooke
New Vinyl - The group with Paula Brooke

music, mirth and a dash of burlesque is the formula for a big charity day at the end of the month.

It’s all systems go for the inaugural Rhubarbash on Sunday, July 31, at Havana, on Albion Court, in Wakefield city centre, to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The event has been organised by Paula Brooke, of Sandal, a regular charity fundraiser, who wanted to put on an event which would give people something in return for their donations.

She said: “I’ve done lots of charity activities, such as runs and skydives, but the idea of this is it’s an event that people can get something out of for themselves as well.

“The response from bands has been absolutely brilliant, everyone I’ve approached has been very enthusiastic about getting involved.

“One or two have had to drop out because of work commitments but as soon as they have, there’s always been someone else wanting to come on board.”

The headline band will be New Vinyl, with support from such as Driftrun, Apache, Warfaces, This Legion and The Scandals.

Laughs will be provided by stand-up comedian Luke Powell, with a glamourous show by York burlesque artist Freya Fox.

As well as the entertainment, there will be stalls with local traders selling vintage clothing, custom t-shirts, food and Italian ice cream.

Paula said: “There seems to be a good buzz building up around it and ticket sales are picking up nicely.

“There are some great up-and-coming talents playing and I’m really looking forward to a good day. If it’s a success I’d like it to become an annual event.

It’s a pity the event clashes with the second day of Clarence Park – but given the Bash finishes much later, you’ll have time to catch a good chunk of both!

It starts at 2pm and tickets are £5 in advance from Wakefield Tourist Information Centre and www.jumborecords.co.uk, or £7 on the door.