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Gigs to be held in memory of popular punk Dave Wild who grew up in Sittingbourne and lived in Canterbury

People will travel from all over the world for a four-day music event in memory of a much-loved Sittingbourne punk.

When Dave Wild, also known as Davee or Chaospunk, died last year aged just 32, his friends promised to put on a gig in his honour.

Six months later, more than 40 bands have signed up for the Davee Wild Memorial Weekender, which will see some of the scene’s biggest names play in Canterbury.

Punk Dave Wild, who lived in Canterbury but grew up in Sittingbourne, has died suddenly aged 32

Dan Goatham, who is organising the festival with Peter “DJ Pete” Hanscomb and several others, could not think of a more fitting way to remember his childhood friend, who was known for promoting new and established bands, often at his own expense.

The 29-year-old, who plays guitar and sings in 7 Day Conspiracy and Morgan’s Puff Adder, grew up with Dave in Sittingbourne.

He said: “I’ve known him since day one; we grew up five doors down from each other.

“We got into punk together and put on gigs together since we were 14 or 15. There isn’t another way to remember Davee.

“His birthday would have been on February 5 and rather than his family sitting at home feeling awful all weekend, they can be surrounded by all his friends telling them what a great bloke he was.

"Most bands got in touch with us when they heard we were putting on a tribute gig for Davee, so we haven’t really had to go around the houses to get anyone to play.

Red Flag 77 will be among more than 40 bands playing at the Davee Wild Memorial Weekender

“Some bands, The Remains, Belinda Carbuncle and Morgan’s Puff Adder for example, are reforming for the gig.

“People are coming from all over the UK and Europe and Davee’s family said some people are coming from America.”

Dan wished to thank everyone helping with the gig, including DJ Pete, Emma Smith, Vince Thorpe, Mark Burrows and Vic Wintergreen.

Dave, who later moved to Canterbury, died on July 23, 2013, from sudden adult death syndrome.

His father, Gary Wild, said: “This memorial gig in memory of David means so much to us and the rest of the family who will be there to support the event.

“It is something we have been looking forward to since it was first put to us by Dan Goatham, who we would like to thank, along with DJ Pete and everyone else involved.

“Also, we would like to thank many of David’s friends who have kept in touch with us.”

See the event's Facebook page for the full line-up.

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