Tribute gig for Bicester music ‘legend’

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A group of Bicester-based bands are to host a tribute gig on Friday in memory of town music ‘legend’ Tony Jezzard.

The gig is being staged by young people from 6.30pm at The Courtyard, Oxfordshire County Council’s early intervention hub.

UK rock bands such as The Smoking Hearts and Idiom will be joined by local groups to celebrate the life of the long-term sound engineer and supporter of local bands who sadly passed away this summer.

The concert has been organised by the gig committee from the Bicester Hub and will raise funds for Huskies In Need – a rescue and rehoming charity for Siberian huskies and cross-breeds, a cause that was close to Tony’s heart.

Bicester band Reign Upon Us, who will join fellow local outfits Perception and Bad Reign as the support acts for the show, said it was an honour to be performing in memory of Tony.

Guitarist Jason Goodall said: “We’re glad to know we are playing in Tony’s name but so sad that he won’t be there providing the awesome sound that he always gave us.

“He ran sound for many shows for us at The Courtyard and always had a nice word to say about us. He was a legend.”

County council hub worker Jeremy Leggett, who runs the gig committee of 13-19 year olds, said the contribution made by Tony over the years had been immense.

Mr Leggett added: “Tony faithfully did the sound at countless youth gigs in several locations for me for well over ten years.

“The teenagers on our gig committee were fond of him as he was always willing to patiently teach them sound engineering skills and let them use his mixing desk.

“He will be sorely missed by all of us at The Courtyard in Bicester and our gigs will never be the same without his humour and support.”

Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for children, education and families, Melinda Tilley, said: “Though I didn’t know him personally, it’s clear that Tony was an inspirational figure for many young people involved with music events at Bicester Hub and I’m sure the gig will be a huge success for everyone involved.”

Tickets are £4 each and are available to young people aged 13-plus.

Visit wegottickets.com/event/228895 or email courtyardgigs@gmail.com for more information.