Concert tackles the big expansion issue
Hayes FM presenter Hughie Dixon reviews the live band scene
THE expansion of Heathrow Airport is a local and political hot potato to say the least. Many argue that a third runway will bring prosperity in the form of much-needed employment opportunities to the most densely populated area of Britain, the south-east.
However, a growing number of Harmondsworth, Sipson, West Drayton and Harlington residents, the towns that face the brunt of impending change, tend to fear a grimmer vision of unwanted compulsory purchases of properties, respiratory health issues, increased likelihood of crashes or collisions, motorway traffic nightmares, pollution and congestion to name but a few of their major concerns.
Even Hillingdon’s opposing Labour and Conservative MP’s John McDonnell (Hayes and Harlington) and Boris Johnson (Uxbridge) agree that the expansion is a bad idea.
One nameless local resident (less than a mile from the proposed runway site) and supporter of SHE (Stop Heathrow Expansion) has decided to arrange an evening where musicians from the Hillingdon borough and surrounding areas who oppose a third runway join together for a one-off gig at The Crown and Treaty pub, in Oxford Road, Uxbridge, and raise awareness of the issues we all face.
Even if you are pro-Heathrow expansion, you will be welcome to come along and state your case to the SHE team.
From 8pm on Thursday December 22, five bands will take to the stage and play their original music. First and foremost this will be a night of music, however there will be leaflets, T shirts and volunteers from SHE to answer any queries you might have regarding the implications of Heathrow’s expansion.
The live music will stop at around 12.30am, but a DJ will playing until Friday, December 16 Undersound @ The Grand Union, High Street, Cowley MOT @ The General Eliott, St Johns Road, Uxbridge The Reggulaters @ The Brook House, Kingshill Avenue, Hayes The Artful Kodgers @ The Dolphin, Rockingham Road, Uxbridge The Bohemians (Queen Tribute) @ Tropic, Grosvenor Vale, Ruislip Broken Bones @ The Crock of Gold, High Street, Ruislip Sticky Jack @ The Black Horse, High Road, Eastcote Saturday, December 17 around d2 2am and d it’sit’ freef entry.t Here’s the running order: 8pm – Pig Earth (pictured) are a folk rock band from Harmondsworth (www.pigearth.com)
9pm – DeVIence ooze glam metal and are from Ruislip (www.facebook. com/deVIenceband)
10pm – Holy Faction are an Uxbridge based psychedelic trance Undersound @ The General Eliott, St Johns Road, Uxbridge Nicky B @ The Royal British Legion Club, High Street, Ruislip 4pm First Sunday of each month @ The Blues Bar, Station Road, West Drayton 8.30pm Tuesdays @ The General Eliott, St Johns Road, Uxbridge Thursday afternoons @ Harris and Hoole Coffee Shop, opp Uxbridge Tube Station punk k threeth piecei ( (www.facebook.f b k com/HolyFaction)
11pm – PollyPikPocketz hail from Harefield and offer exciting pop punk music (www.facebook.com/ pollypikpocketz)
Midnight – Bird Brain Mafia are West Drayton’s finest prog punk pop metal gurus (www.facebook.com/ BirdBrainMafia)
OPENERS: Pig Earth