HORDES of rock and metal fans from across the globe descended on Bury this weekend for three days of incredible live music.

The second Grimm Up North (GUN) festival took the town by storm when it landed at the Elizabethan Suite showcasing more than 20 of the best bands from near and far.

First held in 2017 GUN was created by members of the rock community as they rallied around Steve Grimmet, frontman of new wave of British heavy metal band Grim Reaper, who had tragically contracted an aggressive infection while on tour in South America.

The illness required Steve to have his lower leg amputated and left him with a staggering £40,000 in medical bills.

Money was raised at the event to support Steve and Diabetes UK, and pooled together with cashed raised at other benefit gigs and festivals held for Steve up and down the UK.

This year organisers chose to fundraise for Cancer Research UK to help combat the killer disease and in memory of many fallen friends and comrades from the scene.

Over the weekend Bury’s own rock n rollers Sister Rose and metal outfit Vice, who have previously appeared at Bloodstock Open Air, HRH metal and Hammerfest, had crowds headbanging with jawdropping performances.

They were joined on the bill by scores of titanic acts including Friday headliners Leicestershire metallers Blitzkrieg and Saturday headliners Grim Reaper before the three days were rounded out by Yorkshire hard rock legends Vardis.

Event organiser and Tyson Dog bassist Kevin Wynn said: “Grimm Up North is all about raising the profile of rock and metal music in this area. We turned a wedding venue into this metal mayhem, it was great.”