THE cream of Harrow's thriving indie music scene are to perform at a home-grown showcase gig on Saturday.
Five bands and an equal number of acoustic acts have been crammed on the bill for the heavily anticipated Funkin Heavee Live - Harrow Goes To Town session.
It is the brainchild of joint promoters Micah Lei, a rapper and producer from Harrow, and 24-year-old photographer Laura Egan, who hand-picked the line-up together.
Four hundred people will squeeze into the Inn on The Green bar in Ladbroke Grove for the four-hour event.
It is designed to demonstrate and expose the breadth of song-writing and performing that exists from Stanmore to South Harrow and everywhere in between.
Micah, 24, said: "Harrow is a volcano of talent ready to erupt. You've got areas like North Harrow and Pinner that have a big name for being a hotbed for artists.
"There's just something about this place - bands have got so much passion. They all hold down regular jobs but the music comes naturally to them."
Micah describes Funkin Heavee Live as the antidote to all those disappointing evenings experienced by fans who are hungry for genuine new music.
"You know that feeling that you're into indie and you go to gigs and the first three acts are so boring that you go to the bar and miss them? It's not going to happen here.
"All the bands are looking forward to doing the gig. They're mates and they follow each other's careers so when we asked if they would perform on one stage together, they all said, let's do it."
Several of the bands have been mentioned in the highly respected music magazine NME and are involved in London alternative radio station Xfm's Unsigned online network for up and coming acts.
To give them a further leg-up, Micah and Laura, who organised the first Funkin Heavee Live at The Junction pub in central Harrow several months ago, have invited record label scouts to the showcase.
Each of the acoustic artists will entertain the crowd and music moguls for 20 minutes while the headliners, The Instants, have been given an extra 10 minutes.
Naturally, the noise will soon be cranked up for the indie bands to grace the stage for 30 minutes apiece.
The Natives, who top the bill, have been allocated a 45-minute set. [25cf] Funkin Heavee Live - Harrow Goes To Town is at Inn On The Green, Thorpe Close, Ladbroke Grove, on Saturday (June 21), starting at 7pm and running until 1am.
Expect a jaunty, poppy sound from this group (pictured) from Pinner and Watford.
Six-strong Harrow band whose influences include Pulp and Madness.
Dirty Do Goods
Check out this five-piece's videos on MySpace TV. They're from Harrow and Kingsbury.
Hailing from Harrow, they have played Camden Barfly and did a live spot on Hayes FM.
NME recently gave over a page to these raucous Northwick Park headliners.
Seasoned multi-instrumentalist will showcase easy listening and healing music.
Guitarist, real name Alan Levy, is a former member of at least three Harrow bands.
Harrow girl, who sings while playing the piano or guitar. Promoters' pick as a rising star.
This lyricist - a purveyor of indie rock'n'roll - has spent more than a decade in bands.
The act that cannot be pigeon-holed promises a great unplugged, headlining set.
ENTRY is £10 on the door but the price can be just £5 if you contact one of the featured artists directly and they put your name on their own guest list.
Alternatively, you can ask for discounted entry by sending a message to Micah and Laura through the Funkin Heavee Live profile page on the Facebook networking site.