Black Country musician to host festival to fight cancer

The power of rock ‘n’ roll will be harnessed to help raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support in a virtual concert.

John Humphries is getting ready to host Humph Fest to raise funds for MacMillan Cancer Support
John Humphries is getting ready to host Humph Fest to raise funds for MacMillan Cancer Support

John Humphries is putting the final touches to Humph Fest, a virtual showcase of singers and acts from across the country, which aims to raise funds to help MacMillan Cancer Support.

John, who has performed around the country as the Humph, decided to set up the event to raise awareness and help fund the service after they looked after his mother Mable Turnbull, who died of cancer in 2018 aged 97.

He said: “I’d been doing performances in my front garden during lockdown, performing to my neighbours every Sunday afternoon, which they began to livestream and which got me an audience of 11,000 people.

“I did my last show five weeks ago and then got a lot of requests from people to do another one, so I decided to do one which would be worthwhile.

“When my mum was very ill, the MacMillan nurses came in every day to look after her and were brilliant at what they did, so I thought it would be great to do the show for them and get some of my friends involved."

The 67-year-old from Coseley has a full line up of artists set for the event, with Mr. Smooth, tribute acts for Buddy Holly, the Everly Brothers and Elvis Presley, a 60’s pop band called Vinyl Revival, Amy Lou and John himself performing.

John will also compere the event, which sees each act perform a 30 minute set on Sunday, August 23, starting at 12pm, and all those watching asked to make a donation to the Go Fund Me page.

For more information and to watch the livestream, click here, and to make a donation, click here.

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