Musicians Against Homelessness

OASIS guru Alan McGee is teaming up with local bands in the Manchester as part of the Musicians Against Homelessness #MAH2017 campaign to raise money for the homeless charity Crisis in England, Scotland and Wales and Simon Community in Northern Ireland.

Rock and pop stars including Shaun Ryder and Cast are backing the cause, which looks set to have an even bigger impact this year.

Former Oasis guru Alan McGee launched the campaign in 2016.

It was publicly supported by celebrities such as Lilly Allen, Liam Gallagher and Irvine Welsh and more than 500 bands played over one hundred MAH benefit gigs around the UK.

Hundreds of bands and artists have again got behind this year’s drive which coincides with the 50th anniversary of Crisis.

Throughout September many gigs will take place across Manchester, Stockport and Bolton featuring numerous bands and artists.

5th September Liverpool band ,the hotly tipped Boston Shakers Headline at Night and Day Cafe with support from OK Broken, Wilds, The Shady 80s and Donna and the Cadillacs

14th September Critically acclaimed Martin Bramah’s Blue Orchids headline with support from Bingo Harry at Gullivers

18th September A superb gig at Night and Day features Leon Meya (Northern Uproar) with support from James Holt, S.L.I and DJ Robin Smith

21st September Gullivers hosts an excellent night with We’re Spartacus and talented singer songwriter Rosco McCabe. Tickets are £5

28th September Night and Day Cafe hosts a special night with a headline set from Stella Grundy. The critically acclaimed resurgence of Intastella and having recently hit the USA chart, this show for Musicians Against Homelessness will be decidedly different. Stripped back and close up and personal this is very much Stella’s own gig and will feature some of her favourite songs, both old and new, plus some very special spoken word pieces. Superb support comes from Tuareg and Andy J Gallagher. Intastella’s album The Rise And Fall Of A Northern Dubstar (featuring Jah Wobble) is out now Tickets are available here:

29th and 30th September Blind Tiger in Bolton hosts two nights of superb bands with Strangers and The Harringtons headlining and Passengers, Clean Break, Kyris , The Maitlands and A66 supporting. £3 entry on the door or £5 for both nights.

30th September Brinnington Labour Club host with a fantastic line up featuring local bands Picnic Area, The Hidden and Crafty Dog. Tickets are priced at just £5

30th September The Eagle Salford present Tigerside which will be an audio visual spectacular not to be missed, with superb support from The Any Numbers. Tickets from–The-Eagle-Inn-for-Musicians-Against-Homelessness/13038887/

30th September Bolton punk heroes Billyclub take a break from touring Europe and America to support Musicians Against Homelessness, headlining a full day of Punk Rock Mayhem at BarMetro Rocks. They’ll be sharing the stage with a variety of up-and-coming and local acts, such as Xtract, The Papashangos, Mammoth Tank, Burning From The Inside, Adventures Of Salvador, Diablofurs, The DC Spectres, Minatore and Public Gallery, as well as established performers like hilarious solo artist Bank Holiday Jez, and Brassick, one of the UK’s finest new hi-energy punk bands. or you can pay on the day.

Alan McGee said: “I am delighted that bands of this calibre want to be part of this campaign.

“The support in Manchester has been tremendous and inspiring and it’s fantastic that so many quality bands have come forward

“Although our primary concern is to combat the scourge of homelessness it is vital that the MAH gigs also give up-and-coming combos a chance to play to larger audiences.”

Alan McGee said: “Last year the response was incredible but more people know about us now.

“We are getting people talking and taking action on homelessness in the best way we know how, through music and community.

“This problem will not go away. Statistics show a significant rise in the people sleeping rough on British streets – 4134 in January in England alone- which is an absolute disgrace.”

Happy Mondays and Black Grape star Shaun Ryder said: “To see so many people in this day and age homeless and hungry is unbelievable. This is not Victorian Britain!

“As usual it’s the people who are not in a position to speak for themselves or be heard who get left behind and ignored.

“It’s become so common to see homeless people on the streets that maybe it’s not a shock when you walk past. Or maybe it’s so shocking that you have to look away, and try not to think about it?”

Ryder, who is currently enjoying a return to the charts with Black Grape, and will be touring with the Happy Mondays this Winter, went on: “The sad thing is, it’s not the public’s problem, but they’re the ones most likely to actually help the homeless than anyone in government.

“I’ve been through some difficult times in my life, but fortunately I’ve always had a roof over my head.

“If I found myself in a desperate and vulnerable position where I’d have to trust the decisions being made in Parliament, I’d be seriously worried.”

John Power, lead singer with Cast, said: “It’s great to be asked to be involved with the Musicians Against Homelessness campaign again.

“With so many ongoing problems in the world today it’s sometimes easy to forget the ones in which you come face to face with everyday in the towns and cities up and down the UK.”

Power, currently on tour promoting Cast’s new album Kicking Up The Dust, added: “Homelessness is a massive problem and one we can’t just step over and ignore.

“Let’s help bring awareness to the ever increasing problem of homelessness on our streets today.”

Alan McGee said: “The homeless situation in the UK is sickening and shocking but there is a growing awareness of the desperation people at the bottom have to endure, thanks to the musicians who back us.

“The safety nets people have relied on are slowly and consistently being taken away.

“Cuts to benefits and unfair sanctions are callously putting the most vulnerable at risk of homelessness.

“I know people who have jobs but have to ‘couch-surf’ because they can’t afford to rent or get on the housing ladder.”

Jon Sparkes, Chief Executive of Crisis, said: “I’m delighted that Musicians Against Homelessness will be supporting Crisis again this year with what promises to be an even bigger and better programme of gigs and events in the Autumn.

“Homelessness remains an unsolved problem across the UK, so your help and support in what will be our 50th year, is much needed, and greatly appreciated.”

Alan McGee famously managed Oasis and currently manages The Jesus & Mary Chain , Black Grape, Happy Mondays and Cast, among others.

The maverick businessman believes the MAH campaign also gives new bands a platform, in the way that Rock Against Racism did in the 1970s.

He said: “Music brings us together regardless of politics or social standing. It’s a great leveller and a vital tool for change.”

He went on: “The Homelessness Reduction Bill is a step in the right direction. But without the necessary funding to enable local councils to prevent homelessness it will be ineffective.”

To find out more about MAH visit Musicians Against Homelessness on Facebook

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