A THREE-DAY music festival held in memory of music lover and tireless charity volunteer Nick Plumb returns this Friday.

The festival commemorates Nick Plumb, who passed away in July 2016 after suffering from an unexpected heart attack aged 52.

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A volunteer for Tunza's Pride, which helps vulnerable children, Nick created the Plumbstock music event.

It started as a private birthday party for Nick, who invited all his friends who could play, to form different bands and put on a live music event.

Nick performed in each band and the event was such a success that everyone asked for it to return the next year, with the only condition that it would be a charity event and bands would be invited as a showcase for local talent.

Tragically, Nick died suddenly three years ago so the event went ahead as a celebration of Nick's life and to continue his vision of supporting local musical talent.

Plumbstock has raised thousands of pounds for Tunza’s Pride, a children’s charity that Nick did a lot of fundraising for.

This year's festival kicks off on Friday, October 4 with a battle of local college bands who compete against each other, receiving feedback from a panel of judges and the audience voting for their favourite act.

The winner gets to perform with more established performers over the weekend.

The format started in 2016 and the following year saw the Vampire Hawks performing their first gig, a group who have learning difficulties and never had the chance to play at an event like this.

They have become part of the Plumbstock family and this year will be opening the show on Sunday.

Doors open at the Tunza Centre from 6.45pm on Friday; from 1.30pm on Saturday and 1pm on Sunday.

All money raised from the event will go towards equipment for a new sensory room that is about to be launched at the Tunza centre on Boundary Road as well as setting up a bursary for families who cannot afford to attend organised play sessions in the room.