A NEW rock and metal festival is coming to Bury.

Grimm Up North (GUN) will raise money for rock frontman Steve Grimmet who lost his leg whilst on tour in Ecuador.

The rock community are coming together to raise funds for fellow musician and diabetic Steve, whose medical bills total more than £40,000 after he contracted an aggressive infection, leading to the amputation of his lower leg. Money will also be raised for Diabetes UK to raise awareness of the condition.

A series of festivals have taken place up and down the county in support of the Grim Reaper frontman, with the latest being organised by Tyson Dog bass player Kevin Wynn who lives in Bury.

Kevin, who travels all over the world with his band, said: “The rock community are a very tight community. When something like this happens it really brings it home how lucky we are to be still playing after all these years.

"The suggestion was made to host a festival back in Newcastle, where I’m originally from – but I decided that raising the profile of rock and metal music was the right thing to do.

Kevin felt that there were already a number of great festivals in Bury, including Head for the Hills and Glaston-bury, but nothing within the rock and metal genre.

He decided to come together with other musicians, including Glaston-bury organiser Christopher Buckley, to create Grimm Up North.

GUN will take place at Bury’s Elizabethan Suite on Saturday September 30 and Sunday October 1. The line up includes Damnation’s Hammer, Troyen, Amethyst, Eternal Breath on the Saturday and S.Y.Z, Streamer, Toledo Steel, The Deep, Skullwinx on the Sunday.

Tickets cost £10 for one day or £15 for the weekend. Children of all ages are welcome, free of charge.

Tickets can be purchased at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/grimm-up-north-rock-metal-festival-tickets-32987295890

For those who unable attend but would simply still like to donate, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/grimmupnorthrock