Blake Lapthorn to host second Solent Rocks! charity battle of the bands on the South Coast

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Blake Lapthorn, one of the leading law firms in the UK, will, for the second year running, be hosting a charity 'battle of the bands' for local professional services firms to compete for the coveted title of 'Solent Rocks! Best Band'.

The six charities benefiting from this year's event are: Naomi House children's hospice, the Alzheimer's Society, The Rainbow Centre, Rose Road Association, The Seward Cancer Trust and Wessex Cancer Trust.

Blake Lapthorn's band, Eclectic Zoo, will be taking part for the first time in this one-night rock-fest on Wednesday 21 November 2012 at Southampton's premier live music venue, The Brook.

After the success of the first Solent Rocks! in 2011 at the Theatre Royal Winchester, which raised over £2,000 for local charities, the event has the support of all last year's firms and their bands, plus two new bands - 'Contraband' from Primmer Olds and Coffin Mew; and '5 Bar' from 3 Paper Buildings.

The other firms and bands taking part are: Hughes Ellard – 'Hugh Fighters'; James Cowper – 'Mid Life Crisis'; Lamport Bassitt – 'Unnatural Justice'; and last year's winners from BDO – 'Arcadians'.

Like Eclectic Zoo, all of the bands are made up of amateur musicians, playing for charity and will be performing a varied selection of music, from rock to blues, to a panel of independent judges, as well as a live audience, hoping to take home the Solent Rocks! cup and a cash prize for their chosen charity.

The judging panel this year comprises Giles Hedley of Giles Hedley and the Aviators, Edward Fennell, a journalist from legal team at The Times and and Nick Child, the founder of Law Rocks! which has events in London, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston, which each year raise substantial amounts for charity.

Amanda Morris, a partner from Blake Lapthorn, Eclectic Zoo singer and one of the main organisers of Solent Rocks!, said: "We are really looking forward to this second event, and also taking part this time around. It was a fantastic night last year, which people were really keen to repeat. We are supporting six local charities and hope the funds raised will make a real difference to their wonderful work."