Yorkshire bands play for Batley Food Bank

Veteran groups join teenagers for benefit

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Punk has long been a music movement with a social conscience, and Leeds’ Punk Rock Xmas VIII demonstrated this with a great cause and a grand array of bands old and new.

A benefit for Batley Food Bank, the gig raised funds and collected groceries for vulnerable people in Kirklees and took place at the Brudenell Social Club on 18 December.

The line-up included some extraordinary bands, including punk veterans 999, glam punk rockers Dirt Box Disco, Barnsley boys System of Hate, cricket and darts themed Geoffrey Oi!Cott, super-group Vig Vam Bam and, the youngest band on the line-up by decades, Scum – who won Centre Stage Battle of the Bands in 2019 when they were just 15.

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