A BENEFIT concert to raise money to help people in Ukraine is coming to Redditch next weekend.

The concert for Ukraine takes place on Sunday, March 13 and will see a host of Redditch bands and artists take to the stage in solidarity with Ukraine, while raising money to help humanitarian efforts on the ground.

The event is the brainchild of Rosemary Sidaway who runs the record shop Vintage Trax on Church Green East.

She is no stranger to running music events in the town, as she is the founder of the John Bonham memorial event which sees people come to Redditch from around the world to pay tribute to the Led Zepplin drummer.

Now, she is turning her attention to bring the music community together in Redditch to help the people of Ukraine following the Russian invasion of the country.

Rosemary said: “We just couldn’t stand by and do nothing. It’s terrible what we’re seeing on TV. We have Ukrainian and Polish people in Redditch so we wanted to do what we could and the way we can do that is through music.

“I thought we have to do something, so pulled it together quite quickly.”

She has teamed up with James Hollamby from Challenge Zone, a games and entertainment venue in the Kingfisher Shopping Centre, which will be hosting the gig.

In just over a week around 14 artists have signed up to take part, with names on the bill including Orange River Remedy, It’s A Sign and Franensteiner before the show is closed by Redditch based Ramomes tribute act The Remains.

The concert takes place throughout the day from 1pm to 9pm and admission is free.

Donations will then be collected inside the gig, which will be donated to the Disasters Emergency Committee humanitarian appeal for Ukraine.