Coming together for Alex

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The tragic passing of Alex Todd-Weller shocked the city last year, which mourned the loss of a young man with everything to live for, writes Sammy Jones.

One of Alex’s biggest passions was his music, of course.

He was drummer with tech-metal types Invocation who had made a nice impact on the local scene, and were starting to attract attention from further afield.

This weekend, the rock fraternity of Milton Keynes will come together to show their respect for Alex.

In a statement his fellow band members said: “We are commemorating, celebrating and honouring the life of Alex, our brother and drummer in Invocation.”

And so many of Alex’ peers wanted to step up and give their support that the event will now run all-day long – between 3pm and 11pm.

The line-up comprises Sick Leave, Immaterium, Crossburner, Seethe, Heart of a Coward and Hacktivist.

Alex’s sister Abby and father Ian Todd-Weller will then perform a few numbers before Invocation bring the curtain down on a poignant, emotional day, but one that will show the very best that MK has to offer.

The drum stool will be empty when Invocation play.

Instead the band has opted to use a backing track to provide the beats , the way Alex used to deliver them.

“As a band we aren’t at a point where we can consider replacing Alex,” Invocation vocalist Matt told City Nights.

“This will be a special day; not only to remember a shining talent who was sadly lost, but to show how much love and support the local music scene has for one another.”.

Tickets for the event cost £5 and the proceeds will be handed to Alex’s family.

A raffle will further swell coffers, and prizes have been donated by MK music names including Marshall Amplification and Rock Hard.