Kevfest rock-gig is a hit for charity causes

Kevin Dove in action
Kevin Dove in action

A FULL house rocked the night away at a charity gig that raised £1,505 in honour of a Hucknall man who died tragically four years ago.

Six bands took to the stage at the John Godber Centre in Hucknall at an event in honour of talented musician Kevin Dove, who tragically took his own life in 2008 after suffering for years with bipolar disease, which sparks bouts of depression. He was aged just 41.

Organisers of the fundraising event, named Kevfest, have decided that some of the funds will go towards buying a life-altering hot tub for Myles Sketchley.

Wheelchair-bound Myles (12), of Annesley Road, Hucknall, has a combination of rare illnesses. It is only through using a special hot tub that he can exercise.

The honour of opening the show fell to Kevin’s son, Andrew Wilson, who performed a short set on his handmade guitar.

Next up were Leicestershire-based Black What? Nothing, who stepped in at a week’s notice after the lead singer of Ace Trucking Company, of Leamington Spa, fell ill.

Midlife Crisis, who were formed only to play Kevfest, took to the stage next. They feature Kevin’s best friend and event co-organiser, Malcolm Bradbury, and Kevin’s brother, Mick Dove.

Chapter 7, featuring Kevin’s nephew and talented guitarist Marc Sutton, were next to wow the audience.

Axis Mundi were then midway through their unique blend of metal and dance rhythms when they accidentally tripped the fire alarm and the hall had to be evacuated as a precaution.

But that didn’t deter the crowd as they returned for the performance of headline act Gatecrasher, who played an hour of classic metal.

Fundraising was boosted by a raffle and an auction for a signed Nottingham Forest football and a painting by Hucknall artist Hedley Carrington.

Organisers extended a thank you to everyone involved in the event, from sponsors to the audience and supporters who donated prizes. Kevfest will return next year.

n OUR PHOTOS show musician Kevin Dove (INSET) and on stage as part of the band Men In Frocks.