THE music community is rallying around to raise cash in memory of a popular figure on the Huddersfield scene who was killed in a motorbike accident.

James Haigh, aka Loops, died on January 2 when his Suzuki GSX 125 motorbike was in collision with a VW Polo at Huddersfield Road, Dewsbury.

Mr Haigh, of Dalton, was the second cousin of Huddersfield star Patrick Hurst, aka Ball-Zee, who is twice UK beatboxing champion.

The 32-year-old was building a reputation for his own beatboxing skills and was well known at nightclubs around town.

An art and photography exhibition in his memory was held at Little Buddha Bar on Viaduct Street in Huddersfield town centre on Friday.

The night, organised by the Magic Vintage retro clothing shop on John William Street, featured art by Krzysztof Ruszel, Neon Locust and Mateusz Labno.

The event also included a live set from band Radical Overdrive and a DJ set from DJ Leroy ‘Harmony’ Simpson.

This Saturday night, DJs performing at the monthly Future Formation urban music night have waived their fees for another fundraising gig at The Zetland on Zetland Street in Huddersfield town centre.

The show features top UK drum n’ bass DJs, DJ SS and Northern Lights, as well as other drum n’ bass and dubstep DJs and MCs.

Future Formation co-organiser Craig Holdsworth said: “James used to come to our events with him being related to Paddy (Patrick Hurst).

“We’re quite a close scene and James knew quite a lot of people we knew.

“DJ SS was doing a charity event in Leicester and we were going to do one here with some of his DJs. So we thought it would be nice to do something in memory of James.”

There will also be an auction of clothes from Huddersfield clothing designers Madfresh, CITP and Sitting Pretty together with Hoodzone, of Halifax.

The proceeds of both events will be split between Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice in Brackenhall and another charity to be chosen by James’s family.

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