Volunteers at Preston’s community radio station are planning a fundraising night.Advertisement
The Friends of Preston FM is to host a two day event in September at Club Tonic in the city centre.
They aim to raise at least £3,000 to go towards keeping the community station, which broadcasts across Preston and South Ribble, on air.
Turn It Up Louder runs on Friday 5 September and Saturday 6 September.
Friday will see DJs throughout the night and bands performing on the Saturday.
The Saturday night’s acts are Dirty Onion, Zebra-X, Bad Cardigan and Si Villan.
On Friday DJs are DJ Tim, LJ, Shaun Cirans and DJ Chris McNally (aka Veilo UK) and Liz Tenna.
Preston FM DJ Tim Meila has organised the Friday line-up.
He said: “After the previous event we had back in June we got together as a group and discussed about what we thought what was good & bad. At the last event we did have some technical issues as when we had a DJ on followed by a band on we had delays as we set up and took down equipment. We thought by having two separate nights this would ease that problem away and make it a smoother event for the acts and the audience.
“Some of us have been with the station for a number of years and we want to continue to make great radio shows and get the people of Preston and surrounding areas involved with Preston FM, so they can have a chance to become radio presenters or join in with other volunteering activities.”
Station manager Brian Ashman said the fundraising events were crucial in meeting the running costs of the station.
He said: “Even with everyone contributing their time for free it costs around £1,000 a month in rent, music copyright and radio licensing, insurance, maintenance and repairs, etc to keep Preston & South Ribble’s community radio station going.
“Events like this one, organised by the Friends of Preston FM, can make a significant contribution to our running costs – and they’re fun, too, so everybody wins.”