Toffees prove a tasty band in charity gig at Unit Nine Venue in Wolverton

The Scene column, by Vicki McCarthy.

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So another new year is here, a time when waistbands are tighter and wallets lighter.

It’s the time when we make resolutions, with good intentions to last for 52 weeks and beyond.

Yet research suggests that just 8% of folk manage to keep their resolutions, which makes me think, why not choose a resolution that’s achievable and fun?

What about making a promise to catch more local live music?

The breadth of MK’s musical talent is vast and with excellent venues such as MK11 Kiln Farm Club, The Craufurd Arms and Unit Nine Venue (plus local pubs) championing artists, there’s never been a time when the scene has been so inviting.

Each month, I’ll be sharing local musical highlights of the previous month, publishing a music event guide and talking about the rising stars, meaning no excuses to not get out there and enjoy what MK has to offer!

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Last month, I was lucky enough to compere at an Oxjam charity gig, organised by local band Toffees – a band who describe themselves as having strong roots in rock and R&B.

They’re young, talented and passionate in equal measures. At a time in their career when many bands think about their own destiny, Toffees are devoted to organising and playing charity gigs as much as possible.

Unit Nine Venue in Old Wolverton played host to their latest altruistic endeavour in December.

Braving the cold and fog, 170 paying gig-goers converged in the colourful, converted warehouse, where they were treated to Huntsmen; an indie/alternative five-piece with an average age of 16, who looked as at home on stage as seasoned professionals.

Indie/rock trio Monarchs brought anthemic, catchy melodies to the stage and the penultimate set from female-fronted The Hallows, showed inspiration as diverse as Tori Amos to AC/DC, meaning the audience were primed perfectly for Toffees.

Toffees closed proceedings, mixing older material and recent releases with the final crowd-pleaser song; their version of Fairytale of New York.

Over £600 was raised for Oxfam that night, giving punters that warm Christmas glow from being part of such a success!

You can catch Vicki McCarthy Monday to Thursday on MKFM from 7pm to 10pm on 106.3FM and http://www.mkfm.com. Twitter: @VickiMcCarthyFM

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