Artists unite to back community radio bid

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Entertainers will perform live to raise cash for the return of community radio to our district.

Ever since Diversity FM closed down last March due to funding issues, a committed team have been working behind the scenes to bring back community radio.

But they need the money to make their vision a reality.

So on April 6 at the Gregson Centre in Lancaster, musicians, poets and artists will band together on a fund-raising open mic night.

So far over 20 acts have registered to perform, including The Low Countries, Plainview, Miss P, Hungry Bentley and The Daniel Ray Band.

Organisers from Beyond Radio are applying for a licence to bring back local community radio.

On April 1 they will launch an internet radio service on www.beyondradio.co.uk to give the public an idea of what the new station could offer.

This will include music, news, events information and taster programmes.

The April 6 event will also be streamed live over the internet.

Duncan Moore, the CEO of Proper Community Media (Lancaster) Ltd, said. “This will be the first in a number of events we are planning that will not only raise funds but inform the public about what we are trying to do and how they can be involved.”

Tickets for the event, which starts at 7.30pm, are priced at £3.50 and payable on the door.

On the night there will be the opportunity to give donations and a brief introductory talk about the Beyond Radio project.