Lee started the event in memory of his father after someone jokingly said he should “do Live aid” as a way to mark his father’s life. Lee’s father Ian Graham died after a very short intense battle with cancer. It was merely 13 days from diagnosis to him passing away.
In 2015 Lee decided to put together the first “Just Push Play” concert to mark the 5th anniversary and to raise funds for St Nicholas Hospice care who cared for Ian Graham during battle with this cruel illness. With both Lee and Ian sharing a huge passion for live music, attending several gigs together a charity gig in Ian’s memory made perfect sense!
The first year saw a selection of local bands play a social club and raise over £1300 for the hospice. This success spurred Lee to make the gig an annual event in memory of his Father.
The event has grown year on year and last year saw the show move from the social club where it has been held to The Apex, Bury St Edmunds. As well as several local acts 2018 saw upcoming stars The Bad Flowers headline the show! The successful crowdfunder campaign and sponsorship from local businesses covered the cost of the show so that all the money raised from ticket sales, merchandise sales, the charity auctions and donations went straight to St Nicholas Hospice.
The amount Lee has raised so far over the years is over £10,000!
With the continued success from 2018, next year’s show returns to The Apex, on Saturday 31st August and is set to be the biggest and best “Just Push Play” show yet!
With Massive Wagons headlining the show plus very special guests The Amorettes as well as a line up that includes Hollowstar, Dead Man’s Whiskey, False Hearts, fallen mafia and broken soul. This is surely a date for the rock ‘n’ roll calendar.