Rock 4 Autism, in Dumbarton, will see nine acts take to the stage at the Rock including local favourites Holy Pistol Club (HPC) and Have Mercy Las Vegas (HMLV).

The event, which is now in its second year, is organised by the Vale of Leven Autism and Aspergers Forum (VOLAAF) and is sponsored by our sister station YOUR Radio as well as Dumbarton Football Club and TOA Taxis.

Andrew Anderson, a member of the group, says the event has proved so popular, plans have already begun for next year’s event. He told the Reporter: “Last year the event was held in the Dumbarton Masonic Halls and there was around 200 people there, it sold out in four or five days. This year we moved it to the football club, which holds about 350 people.

“We’ve had a lot of help from Phil Plunkett from HMLV with booking all the bands that are playing.

“He’s very much in the loop with the local music scene.

“He’s also got a sound guy and lighting guy involved, we’re really grateful for his help.” As well as HPC and HMLV, the other bands playing include Dirty/Clean, Andy Broon, The Icelandic Revolution, Wall of Sound, Decided, and The Mighty Sparrahawk.

Andrew, whose son Jack has Asperger’s Syndrome and is in primary two at Haldane Primary, continued: “The whole event is about raising Autism awarenss, which is what our group is all about as well as supporting the kids.

“The money raised will help us keep the youth club going and the sensory room in the Carman Centre, but really the key is continued awareness.

“As much as we don’t like to admit it, there’s still plenty of room within the area for highlighting the condition.

“Tickets sold out within two and a half days, there are still some available if people want to check the event page on Facebook.

“Everyone who buys a ticket will be entered into a prize draw for a break at a five star hotel resort at Lake Windemere.” Rock 4 Autism is on Friday, April 25. You can check if tickets, costing £10, become available by checking the Rock 4 Autism event page on Facebook.