A MUSICAL extravaganza to raise money for the neonatal unit at Bolton Hospital will take place on Saturday, November 1, at The Soundhouse, on Ash Street.

Seven bands are on the bill, including Out Of Town, The MInions, Close To Canterbury, Mining Castro, The Melon Grabbers, Temple Dogs and We Are The End.

Keith Partington from Out Of Town said: “It’s an honour for Out Of Town to be asked to headline the Bands for Babies gig, we feel that charity of any kind that is involved with children is a worthy cause, and we are privileged to be playing with some great bands “We personally know The Melon Grabbers which is made up of brothers Kurt and Cam from O.C.D and stepbrother Jack on the drums. They have played with us before and are well worth the entrance fee on their own “Bob the promoter has asked me to manage the stage change overs on the night, so luckily I will get to see all the bands up close — it’s going to be a great night.”

Steven Hutchinson, singer with The Minions, said: “The Minions will always do a gig for a good cause and there was no question about doing the gig when we were asked. There is a good line up with a variety of bands so there's something for everyone, so dip your hands in your pockets, support a good cause and see some top bands!”

Organiser Bob Wight said: “We’ve had a phenomenal response. The bands, the guys doing the flyers, the guys at the Soundhouse, everyone is giving their time for free. Everyone’s pulled their finger out and been really supportive.

“And we’ve got a few aces up our sleeves for next year. I know it sounds mushy, but the people of Bolton have been really good to me in the 11 years I’ve worked here and we want to give something back to local charities.”

The gig is organised by newcomers Half Evil Promotions, who are planning on doing a gig every month, with charity events twice yearly.

The first band will take to the stage at 7pm. Admission costs £5. Tickets are available from the Albert Halls, the Alma and the Blue Boar, or on the door.