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A SOUND REACTION.

Byline: Dave Owens dave.owens@mediawales.co.uk @asoundreaction

One of the most eagerly awaited annual fundraising concerts is held in Cardiff tomorrow night.

Please Mind Your Head IV will be staged at Clwb Ifor Bach and features the talents of some of Wales' finest bands coming together to raise funds for the Headway charity.

Launched four years ago by Justin Evans - a man who owes a debt of gratitude to the organisation and Matt Hillard, Headway Day Centre manager - this year's show showcases the multi-various musical skills of Right Hand Left Hand, Little Arrow, Alex Dingley, Totem Terrors, Quiet Marauder, Gindrinker and Francesca's Word Salad.

Headway Cardiff was established nearly 30 years ago to provide support to survivors and their families and to help them cope with the devastating changes that occur following a brain injury.

The charity helps with individuals' independent living skills and rehabilitation to assist them into getting back on the right track and unlocking their potential.

"I've been attending Headway Cardiff for more than five years after being diagnosed with a brain tumour and my life following illness has been excellent with some greatly appreciated assistance from them," explains gig organiser Evans.

The original idea for the show came about in 2009 when Evans and his parents were discussing music.

"I go to many and love the quality and variety of performers in and around Cardiff. And I think it was my mother who said 'wouldn't it be great if you could organise something for Headway'. Once that had been said I was off! I take great pride in putting together a good line-up each year. Obviously this couldn't be reached without the unwavering support of the local music scene.

"Headway Cardiff has been good to me. It's somewhere I've been able to gain support and advice. They deal with many people of all different types and stages of brain injury and don't receive any government funding, just the odd lottery handout, so I thought it'd be a good thing to attempt to raise some money for this. Also it gives me the chance to put on one gig every year at Clwb Ifor Bach, which I love doing."

Those attending this year's show can look forward to an extra special contribution from Evans himself.

"Last year I had the idea of doing a hip-hop cover, so myself and Simon Read (of Quiet Marauder) did Can I Kick It? by A Tribe Called Quest and this year we're attempting Kanye West's Gold Digger. It should be fun!" Tickets for Please Mind Your Head IV are PS5. Doors open at 5pm. First band on at 6pm.

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Jul 6, 2013
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