Night of music in Norwich to pay tribute to loved artist Will Croft

Will Croft

Will Croft - Credit: Archant

The music community in Norwich will unite for a special gig to pay tribute to a talented artist and raise money for his baby daughter.

Dubbed CroftStock, the event tomorrow night is being held in memory of William Croft, who died earlier this month after falling from the city's bus station.

The 30-year-old, who lived at Sprowston Road, had been part of the line-up in many city bands and was known for his natural musical ability.

Donations from the event, which will be held at the Blueberry, on Magdalen Street, will be put in a trust for Mr Croft's nine-week-old daughter Coco.

Organised by family, friends and bandmates, his sister Sabrina Peck said the event will be a 'very personal gig'.


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'Me and my family felt that the best way we could give Will a send off was to do something musical,' she said. 'All the bands that will play are ones he played with or that he loved to watch.'

The night, which starts at 7pm, will include a performance from the Will Croft All-Stars, a line-up of musicians the Naked Wines employee played alongside.

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Mrs Peck said the family were going through a 'horrendous' time, but had been touched by the kind words of those who knew Mr Croft.

'There were hundreds of people at his funeral which was amazing,' she said. 'People have said such lovely things and not just about his talents, but just about him being a really nice guy.

'Nobody has had a bad word to say - he was just really generous and everybody loved him for it.'

Mr Croft's friend and Discharge Lounge bandmate Jacob Solstice previously described Mr Croft as a 'joy to be around'.

T-Bone and The Horn, Old Man Lizard and Grimace will also perform at the free event.

Meanwhile, singer-songwriter Grant Ley, who worked with Mr Croft at Naked Wines, has also decided to donate his fee from a gig next week to Mr Croft's family.

It will take place on Monday, February 1 at The Waterfront.

• For information on CroftStock, click here and for information on The Waterfront event, click here.

• Are you organising a fundraising night in memory of someone that we should know about? Email lauren.cope@archant.co.uk

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