Local music-lovers can look forward to a weekend of non-stop live bands as the second annual Wan Chai Live festival prepares to kick into action next week. The festival will feature more than 30 bands from noon to midnight on April 19 and 20 at both Carnegie's and The Wanch. Half the proceeds, plus $2 from every bottle of Budweiser sold, will go to the KELY support group, an organisation which helps young people with drug, alcohol and social problems. Prominent bands from the local scene, including the Sisters of Sharon, The Bastards, Stunned Mullet, Mind Your Head, Hooray Howard and the Henries and Robin Falcon of Moose Caboose will take part for the second successive year, while a host of other up-and-coming groups, including Fish Lips, 9th State, Bruce Parker's Band and Southern Pacific, will also be taking part. 'We have got much more publicity this time round because it is the second time we have held this event,' Carnegie's duty manager Ben Wood said. 'Generally there is more interest this time as the word has spread - but aside from that, it will still be the same old rocking festival.' Local acts have also been enthusiastic about taking part in the festival, Mr Wood said. 'They do it for free - and most of them contacted us rather than us contacting them,' he said. Although the bands will not receive any money for their efforts, they will be given free drinks and souvenir T-shirts. Last year's inaugural event - which saw 34 bands taking part and hundreds of people making donations - raised $25,000 for the Warehouse Project. Mr Wood said this year they were aiming to raise $30,000. The event was first seen as the successor to the Wan Chai Live Music Festival, an open musical extravaganza which was held in the Southorn Stadium in 1994. The event - originally established as Hong Kong's own Glastonbury Festival - died an early death when residents near the stadium barricaded the authorities with complaints about the noise levels and the flurry of activities brought about by the event. 'When it was cancelled because of noise complaints, we decided to carry on inside sound-proof buildings. 'We need to get as much free publicity as possible because it is a charity event,' said Wood, adding that the response from media organisations had been good, with several radio stations and newspapers going out of their way to promote the programme. The charity aspect might also attract more attention and a bigger audience, he added. 'KELY has given us lot of support and, as they are more established, they have helped us get more bands involved. We might consider sticking with the support group.' KELY director Mya Kirwan was also optimistic about the event's impact. 'The more people go to the event the more it will benefit charity,' Ms Kirwan said. However, it was an on-going - albeit unusual - pact between KELY and the bars that resulted in the support group becoming the beneficiary of this year's event. KELY has been conducting an outreach programme in which staff and volunteers seek out youngsters in need in the territory's nightspots, including Carnegie's and The Wanch. Workers from the group will be present at the event during the festival weekend itself in order to assist in the running of the programme, in addition to providing help if needed, Ms Kirwan said. 'It is not that we are against alcohol - we just want to help those who have crossed the border of moderation.' Many of the performing acts took part in last year's event and most said it was a worthwhile cause. 'It was very successful and gave lots of bands a chance to play in front of an audience - there were some bands which I have never seen before,' said Dan James of the Bastards. 'It is a very good thing that some people are organising a music festival to help charities. If it is as good as last year's, it will be extremely successful,' he said, adding that The Bastards might introduce some new material during the weekend. Martin Foakes, school teacher by day and guitarist with the Fish Lips by night, was also optimistic about the gigs. 'We played in last year's event and we had a good response from that. It was a good event to play at and it was something well worth supporting. There is a shortage of good live music here and it is good to do that.' Although the festival promises to be a lively event, Carnegie's Ben Wood said a repetition of stage-trashing and alcohol-induced craziness - as in the case of Mansun's gig at Hard Rock Cafe on Sunday - would not be tolerated. 'We have our own security so if they do that we could kick the band out of the festival,' Wood said. 'None of the bands are famous or rich enough to do that - they would have to get us a lot of equipment to pay for that.' Wan Chai Live 2, April 19 and 20, from noon to midnight, at Carnegie's and The Wanch.