A UTTOXETER band whose music conjures images of their Madchester heroes are spearheading a gig to help send a little girl battling cancer on the trip of a lifetime.
Judge Fudge will take to the stage at the Old Star tonight in a charity show to raise money for eight-year-old Imogen Evans’ planned trip to Disneyland in Paris.
The brave Uttoxeter girl is fighting neuroblastoma and the town has united to help fund her family trip and give her something to look forward to.
Fund-raising co-ordinator Faye Mawer has also managed to secure the services of Stoke-on-Trent’s ‘brightest stars’, The Llight, to support Judge Fudge.
Judge Fudge bass player Martin Rodgers told the Post and Times his band are ‘only too happy’ to support Imogen’s cause.
He said: “We just want to show our support.
“In situations like these, it is the least we can do.
“It’s been incredible the support that has already been shown and, if we can do our little bit to help , then we will give it all we’ve got.”
Judge Fudge are heavily influenced by 80s and 90s indie acts including Primal Scream, The Stone Roses and the Happy Mondays.
They profess to ‘pump out dirty grooves’ in a mix of covers and original material.
Mr Rodgers said it was ‘quite a coup’ to secure the services of The Llight.
He describes the band as being ‘100 per cent original’
They deliver a blend of indie, pop and rock.
Mr Rodgers said: “Judge Fudge will bring their shambolic grooves to the event.
We’ll be working in conjunction with top-class Stoke-on-Trent band The Llight
“We’re trying to pin down The Llight for years but they have such a heavy touring schedule.
“They’re the best band that’s come out of Stoke in a long time and their album – Little Victories – is an instant classic.
“It’s an honour to have them at the Star.
“They’ve never played in Uttoxeter before and I’m sure they’ll go down a storm.”
The show gets underway at 8pm and entry is free of charge.
‘Team Imogen’ will be collecting donations.
The latest business to back Imogen is Daisy Chain, whose staff raised more than £600 with a table top sale.
Ms Mawer said: “Imogen has been so brave and understanding of the situation she is fighting, but she is fighting it. This is just the start of many months of more treatment for her.”