Bands will rock, punk and acoustic your weekend

Josh Morley, Jonathan Packham, Dan Packham and Jake Bilton make up band The Purge.
Josh Morley, Jonathan Packham, Dan Packham and Jake Bilton make up band The Purge.

PUNK metal band The Purge will be taking to the stage at The Castlegate Inn tomorrow night (Saturday) at 8pm.

The band, which is made up of Josh Morley on guitar, Dan Packham on drums, Jake Bilton on bass and Jonathan Packham on vocals, formed its present line-up two years ago.

The band has got a few famous covers in its repertoire but the teenagers prefer to perform their own tracks.

Josh said: “When we first started to do our own songs they were good, to us, but in reality they were pretty terrible. Now they are great.”

Dan added: “Our own stuff is more popular than the covers now.”

Every member of the band gets involved with creating the new tracks, which normally start out as just random playing at one of their rehearsals three times a week before the lyrics are noted down.

Their creations in the last six months have been the most popular yet.

As well as the chance to hear the new tracks, audiences can expect a to have a fun, noisy experience by going along to a The Purge gig.

Josh said: “A lot of people come to our gigs and love it. You pretty much go crazy.”

Jake said: “I have been told by a couple of people that we are scary.”

The teenagers, whose ages range from 15 to 19, are hoping to continue with the band and make it into a full-time career.

Dan said: “We will be big. Playing at Download would be amazing, even if we were only on the side stage.”

l A CHARITY gig in aid of The Extra Care Charitable Trust will take place at the Westgate Club in Grantham on Sunday night.

Bands Blood Stained Velvet, Dead Commercial, Half Time Radio and Accidents and Stars will offer a huge mix of musical styles.

Simon Cadwallader, who is rhythm guitarist for the headline act Blood Stained Velvet, describes the gig as a mini music festival. He said: “I’m very much looking forward to the gig. It will be our second headline performance. I’m a bit nervous at the moment but we had a good rehearsal for it last night.”

The gig will be the last for the band with the current line-up as the base player is leaving.

Simon said: “The audience can expect a fantastic show with four great bands playing a mix of their own tunes and some covers.

“We’re going to put on a really good show and hopefully get lots of people in and raise lots of money.”

Tickets to the show, which starts at 6.30pm, cost £2.50. Before the main gig, an acoustic set will take place from around 3pm.

l Saturday

Antique Rock Show at the White Lion.

Rob Swan at The Royal Queen.

The Purge at The Castlegate Inn.

l Sunday

Blood Stained Velvet, Dead Commercial, Half Term Radio and Accidents and Stars at the Westgate Club.