A music festival in aid of a rock singer left paralysed from the neck down gets under way in Aberdeen today.
Seven acts are due to take part in the second annual Jon Fest at Cafe Drummond over the next two days to raise money for Jon Davie, a well-known musician from Aberdeen.
After spending nine months at a specialist hospital in Glasgow, Jon returned to Aberdeen and is still receiving treatment for damage to his neck, back and spinal cord.
Before his injury, Jon, who is the lead singer with rock band GutterGodz, worked as a self-employed electrician so no longer has an income.
Hundreds of people attended last October’s Jon Fest – organised by Jon’s friends – and raised £3,000 for him.
This will be the first time Jon himself has attended his own festival – and he will be guest of honour, accompanied by friends and family.
He said: “I was in hospital in Glasgow last year when the first festival took place, it was before I had been allowed by the doctors to return home at that stage.
“One of my friends filmed the three days of the festival and sent the video to me in hospital. It looked great.
“It will be great to be there this time.”
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Cafe Drummond’s Ross Calder said: “Last year’s festival was a big success so the venue’s owner Jim Sandison wanted to do it all over again.
“We are delighted to be putting on another weekend of shows for Jon following his accident last year. It’s been so amazing seeing Jon back in Aberdeen and back in Drummonds.
“We’re aiming to raise more money this year for his continued treatment and recovery.
“We’re boosted this year by the fact Jon can come and join us in the building.”
Tonight’s show will start at 8pm and features five-piece alternative rock band Forest Fires, indie rock trio Audiokicks, who hail from Westhill, and singer and guitatist Billy M Jack.
Tomorrow’s bill includes Dear John, The Smokin’ Bugler Band – whose guitarist is Billy M Jack – three-piece guitar band Before Stories and indie rock musician Connor Clark.
Entry costs £5 on the door each night or in advance at the bar.
All funds raised at the festival will go to Jon.