Happy Mondays to play special one off anti cancer benefit show in Manchester

Happy Mondays Announce an exclusive One Off Live Show For
Chico’s Kickin Cancer Fundraising Dinner Ball At Manchester’s Palace Hotel

 

Showtime & One Love Music Present
“Chico’s Kickin Cancer Fundraising Dinner Ball”
Palace Hotel Ballroom. Manchester
Friday 25th July 2014
With Happy Mondays (Full Live Set) + Special Guest
DJ’s Graeme Park (Hacienda) & Peter Hook (Joy Division / New Order / The Light)
Spoken Word Performance From Mike Garry / Compered By Stu Francis
VIP Reception / 4 Course Sumptuous Dinner With Fine Wine / After-show Party
& Fundraising Auction
For Details of Packages / Bookings go to this link here

 

Legendary Manchester group Happy Mondays are to perform a uniquely special full live set at “Chico’s Kickin Cancer Fundraising Ball”, a “Black Tie dinner” fundraising event on Friday 25th July 2014 at The Palace Hotel Manchester with proceeds going towards the son of Monday’s bass player, Paul Ryder, Chico’s ongoing treatment and also a donation will be made to The Christie.
A one off show in an intimate surrounding, the ball also brings together Hacienda cohorts Peter Hook and Graeme Park, poet Mike Garry and compere Stu Francis for the party and concert which will mix celebrities, attendees and the great and good at a VIP reception, a sumptuous four course dinner and wines wines alongside an aftershow party.
Son of Monday’s founder and guitarist, Paul Ryder, Chico is an amazing 12 year old boy who is in recovery from with Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare soft tissue cancer which has affected him for the past two years. Having moved to the United States with his family, Chico was previously an active, sporty young man but when diagnosed by UCLA specialists and the tumour was deemed inoperable, he began a year long programme of intensive chemotherapy and radiation treatments which landed him in the hospital for the majority of last year.
Chico has remained brave throughout his ordeal and thankfully at the end of his treatment was declared to be in remission from the cancer. He has started to eat again and his hair has grown back as he looks to get back to the life he enjoyed prior to his diagnosis. He is currently having intensive physiotherapy which is helping him build back the strength in his legs and with a great deal of hard work he should be able to walk properly again in time. He is also on an intensive long term relapse prevention programme of integrative treatments which his parents sought out with the intention of improving the original prognosis
With The Mondays always first to support the band’s families, the “Chico’s Kickin’ Cancer Fundraising Ball” is the latest of their fundraising efforts which have raised much needed finance for Chico’s treatment, gathering support from all over the world.
A donation from the ball is also being made to The Christie Hospital.
The Mondays have a busy festival schedule over the summer and having last performed in Manchester with two sold out shows at The Ritz in November 2013, the ball is the band’s only confirmed performance in their home city this year so they plan to pull out all the stops for Chico and the small numbers of attendees at this once in a lifetime gig.
The evening will see Hacienda DJ’s Graeme Park and Peter Hook take charge of the music around and following the meal and concert, with The Palace’s ballroom arranged to keep the party going.

Other entertainment is to be provided by rising spoken word star, Manchester Poet Mike Gary and the whole event will be marshalled by master of ceremonies, Stu Francis in his inimitable style as well as a Charity auction of some very exclusive and sought after items.
“Chico’s Kickin Cancer Fundraising Ball” is being produced by Manchester event company Showtime and Happy Monday’s agents One Love Music to the highest possible standards of sound, lighting and staging to run alongside the dinner, concert and dancing.
A limited number of VIP packages are available which allow access to the whole event including a bespoke reception where stars from the world of music, showbiz and sport will mingle with attendees, priority seating and tables for the meal and concert, access to the band’s own after-show and a range of special signed Happy Mondays memorabilia including a brochure produced especially for the event.
The night will also see an auction and raffle of many special, famous items and unique, donated from The Monday, the other performers and their many friends from the world of entertainment.
The VIP packages are limited and expected to go quickly but for those who wish to attend what will be a memorable and classic concert, independent tickets are also available.
A unique, not to be missed, opportunity to see one of Manchester most iconic and influential bands up close at a ball of the highest quality and finest intentions, “Chico’s Kickin Cancer Fundraising Ball” seems set to be one of the city’s very best events in aid of a hugely worthwhile cause
ENDS –

About Chico
Son of Monday’s founder and bass guitarist, Paul Ryder, Chico is an amazing 12 year old boy who was diagnosed 18 months ago with Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare and aggressive soft tissue cancer in the back of his throat and neck. Having moved to the United States with his family, Chico was previously an active, sporty young man but when diagnosed by UCLA specialists and the tumour was deemed inoperable, he began a year long programme of intensive chemotherapy and radiation treatments which landed him in the hospital for the majority of last year. He endured countless infections, lost all his hair, had constant nausea and vomiting, hardly ate for 12 months so had to be fed through a tube and also ended up wheelchair-bound due to the damage done to his legs and feet by the chemotherapy drugs.
Chico has remained brave throughout his ordeal and thankfully at the end of his treatment was declared to be in remission from the cancer. He has started to eat again and his hair has grown back as he looks to get back to the life he enjoyed prior to his diagnosis. He is currently having intensive physiotherapy which is helping him build back the strength in his legs and with a great deal of hard work he should be able to walk properly again in time. He is also on an intensive long term relapse prevention programme of integrative treatments which his parents sought out with the intention of improving the original prognosis. One of Chico’s goals for when he is better is to help spread awareness of some of the integrative therapies he has benefitted from and his story is to be featured in a documentary being made by Ricki Lake due for release later this year.

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