Con­cert tack­les the big ex­pan­sion is­sue

Hayes FM pre­sen­ter Hughie Dixon re­views the live band scene

Uxbridge Gazette - - LEISURE -

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 (

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.face­ pol­lypikpock­etz)

Mid­night – Bird Brain Mafia are West Dray­ton’s finest prog punk pop metal gu­rus (www.face­ BirdBrainMafia)

OPEN­ERS: Pig Earth

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