SOME of the region's finest bands descend on The Newton Arms at Dalton-in-Furness next Saturday (November 23, 7pm) for a special rock night in aid of MIND.

The fab five on the bill are Big Trouble, a Barrow-based three piece (guitar, bass and drums) band and one of the most respected in the area, having headlined several local festivals. They play classic rock by the likes of ZZ Top, Thin Lizzy, Bad Company and David Bowie.

No Idea are a Workington and Whitehaven based band playing what's described as 'party rock. They have previously headlined Salford Pride and are due to again next year.

Also on the bill are Dangerous Liaisons, another Barrow-based outfit, featuring former members of Rush Hour, the Blue Lakes and Ten Miles High. They perform numbers by bands such as Journey, Whitesnake and Toto.

Meanwhile, The Strangers are a relatively new guitar duo featuring members of Big Trouble and the Wild Hogs. They are usually a more country and pop based two piece. However, they will be doing a special rock set especially for the charity night.

Last, but certainly not least, duo Mellow Skies, from the Ulverston and Barrow area, featuring two members of local rock band, Heavy Skies.

Gig organiser Jeff Bilham said it should be a fun night of great live music at one of the area's best venues in aid of a brilliant cause: "I think MIND are a brilliant charity, helping raise more and more awareness for often ignored mental health issues. They really do help people suffering depression and anxiety as well as many other ailments that we can’t see.

"As well as the bands giving their time for free for the night, the venue's bar staff are also donating their wages for the night to the charity which is brilliant of them. Often the acts are expected to perform for free while the venue reaps the rewards. Not this time, Paul and his team at The Newton have been superb in this and supporting local music in general."