Preview: Heart of Anarchy 2017

17th November 2017 will mark ten years since Raphael La Roche lost his brother André to an undetected artery condition which resulted in his heart failing.

My brother André and I shared a passion for punk music. In fact he introduced me to it all those years ago, and many a raucous night was had at various gigs up and down the country celebrating our love of it.

He was my big brother- my idol from childhood- and we were as close as two brothers could be. Best friends. Until his sudden and unexpected death in November 2007 from undiagnosed Atherrosclerosis – a condition of the heart which causes the arteries to harden and cease to function.

Back in the good old days of the 1980s André took his little brother Raph out for the day to see a band. That band was The Damned and little Raph came back with one Dr Marten and a passion for punk, something he has always been truly grateful to his big brother for ever since.

Since losing him Raphael and his family have tried to keep André’s fun loving spirit alive; which is why back in 2015 they threw a punk party to try and raise a few pounds to put in the British Heart Foundation pot in his memory. They had 3 local bands volunteer to play, a box full of records and a bar full of cans. Local music lovers turned up in their droves and helped them to raise over £500 for the charity. The second event, held at The Booth Hall in November 2016, saw eight bands volunteer to play, a whole pub donated to play in for the day and a lot more music lovers. 2016’s event made around £1500 for the British Heart Foundation in André’s memory.

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With 2017 marking the 10th anniversary of André’s death we wanted to pull out all the stops and really go for it. The Grapes in Hereford have kindly allowed us to take over the pub on November 18th from midday and arranged a hearty donation from a national brewery to boot. Our printing has all been sponsored by the lovely guys at Barrington Print and this year we have TEN bands who have stepped forward to offer their time and talents for free to raise awareness of heart disease and funds for research

This year’s event will see local acts The Youth Within, Alvin and the Angry Barrels, Terminal Rage (for whom Raphael plays bass guitar) and Purple Flavoured Death return for another year alongside new folk-punk additions Freeborn Rising. The event also welcomes back Rebellion Punk Festival regulars On Trial UK for the second year as well as touring bands The Blissetts, Prisoners of War, BLEED and international punk rockers Knock Off. The acts have all donated a track for a special album, which will launch on the night, to be sold for the cause.

Food drink will be available to purchase at the venue at a discounted price. A silent auction will take place throughout the evening for prizes donated by local businesses, artists, musicians and crafters offering merchandise, festival tickets, artwork and memorabilia. 100% of money raised from this will go directly to BHF. All artists and organisers are giving their time for free to stage this event, allowing 100% of the money raised to go directly to the British Heart Foundation.

Donations for this are still being received and welcomed, please get in touch via the Facebook page @Heartofanarchypunkfest to pledge an auction lot.

Donate via JustGiving: http://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/HOA2017

Heart of Anarchy will take place at The Grapes Hereford on November 18th, starting midday. Entry fee will be £5 and 100% of the money will go directly to British Heart Foundation.

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