Hard-hitting new initiative Musicians Against Homelessness comes to venues across Manchester and the surrounding areas this September and October.
Manchester has always been at the cutting edge of new music and support for Musicians Against Homelessness has been gratifying with 16 gigs planned across the region to help fund the charity Crisis.
Crisis aims to end the vulnerability of homelessness and to support people in their fight to enjoy a full, active life.
Crisis Chief Executive Jon Sparkes said: “It’s amazing to see Manchester putting on no fewer than 16 Musicians Against Homelessness gigs. Huge thanks to all the bands taking part, and to everyone who goes along to enjoy the music. With homelessness rising in England, the money raised is all the more important and will be a great help in our mission to end homelessness.”
The initiative also aims to provide gigs for new musicians affected by loss of venues across the UK.
Creator of Creation Records and patron of the project, Alan McGee said: “Inner city redevelopment is killing the next generation of musicians, and very soon the working class artists will be written out of the narrative of rock n roll music. Hopefully this project will give a lot of new bands a chance to play and to exist in a place where they can all shine on.”
He added: “I am delighted that bands of this calibre want to be part of this campaign, thank you to the very many bands and artists performing for us in Manchester and the surrounding areas.”
Homelessness is a bleak a prospect and the Manchester area has been badly affected as benefit cuts and job losses decimate the economy in the North West.
Clint Boon, of Inspiral Carpets said: “”I’m always more than happy to help try and raise awareness of homelessness and the charities which support the homeless. My recent stint as a ‘guest vendor’ for the Big Issue was quite a unique and grounding experience. I’m looking forward to sharing the stage with some great Manchester bands at the Musicians Against Homelessness gig in Manchester. All for a great cause.”
He will be providing a DJ set as part of the event at the Live Room in Manchester on 24 September.
Manchester and Salford will host a number of events at venues in support of this great cause.
A stellar line-up at Band on the Wall headed by Rowetta, singer with Happy Mondays and Peter Hook, and featuring Seth Leppard of Black Grape, The Winachi Tribe and All the Kings Men takes place on 20 September. With more acts to be announced, this is a great way to start the events taking place around Manchester.
The Live Rooms have two different events during the Musicians Against Homelessness festival. The Fireflys headline on 24 September, and other acts include Sly Antics, The Jade Assembly and a DJ spot from Clint Boon of Inspiral Carpets. Stone roses tour DJ Phil Beckett has also been added to the line-up. On the 8 October event artists include Andy Bennett, Maker and Dirty Saint.
Andy Bennett, formerly of Ocean Colour Scene said: “It’s a great privilege to be asked to play these shows with my band. It’s unfortunate that so many people are becoming homeless and the problem seems to be escalating. Musicians Against Homelessness is a great opportunity to showcase talent while supporting a worthy cause.
“I’m looking forward to performing my 2 recently released singles ‘Hole in the road’ and ‘Drift Away and also a 3rd single ‘A little love’ which will be out in November just ahead of my debut album ‘Thinkin Drinkin Singin’ which is released on the 25th November.”
The three events at Gullivers begin on 22 September with Jez Kerr of A Certain Ratio supported by Deja Vegas.
Jez Kerr said: “The band are proud to be a part of this nationwide effort to raise money for the charity ‘Crisis’. It is initiatives like these that can help awareness of the difficulties and prejudices that people without a home can face.”
Jack from Deja Vega added: “I go to loads of gigs, and after, on your way to the station, or a party, or a mates to crash, it’s really noticeable that there’s more people sleeping out, so if there’s a way musicians can help raise awareness, it’s something I’m really pleased to be involved with.”
His band Blue Orchids are performing at Gullivers, Manchester on 2 October with support from Black Doldrums.
Sophia La Croix Landers of Black Doldrums said: “When we got offered the Musicians Against Homelessness gig in London we were so proud to be involved we wanted to do more and looked to Manchester to do another gig and help all we can. Personally we believe that in this day and age everyone should have somewhere they can call home. It seems that the most necessary things we need as humans in order to survive are the most difficult and expensive. Considering how privileged we are in this part of the world it seems to be unbelievable that people are having to live on the streets. Hopefully by doing these shows it can help to raise awareness for those less fortunate and to be able to work with like-minded people is a privilege.”
The Pre New were formed to pay tribute to Nick Sanderson and Tony Ogden of World Of Twist and Earl Brutus and are now a massively exciting band in their own right. They play Gullivers on October 9th. There will be superb support from Giant Planets and Alan Keogh.
The Kings Arms in Salford has a strong line-up of bands both from Manchester and further afield including The Backhanders, who are doing an acoustic set, Black Delta Movement and Black Sonic Revolver. There will also be DJ sets from Cenk Tuncar of Howling Rhythm and Andy Calder/ Legohead from mEssy.
Stephen Chadwick of The Backhanders said: “Every day when I’m walking to work I see more and more people on the streets.A lot of people just pass them by sniggering, but don’t stop to listen to their story. There is one ex-army guy who I give a bacon and sausage barm to every morning. He served his country and he is a genuine guy who is down on his luck. I see it as I’m always a pay day away from being homeless, and I thank my lucky stars I’m not.”
Matt Burr of Black Delta Movement added: “We’re glad to be involved with Musicians Against Homelessness, we’ve been involved with homeless charities before and it’s a topic that’s close to our hearts. Alan and Emma (event originator and co-ordinator) have been incredibly supportive of us since we all met so it means a lot to have been asked.”
It is not only in Manchester and Salford where support has been high. Mono in Chorlton is running a three day festival featuring 27 bands with more to be announced. The event will run from 30 September to 2 October and will feature acts such as Joy Becker, The Templars, Between The Lines, Weal, All My Ghosts, Joey Whitehead and Creatures of Habit.
Mono Chorlton event manager Mathew Hibbert said: “The issue of homelessness is one that is all too evident in our City. The opportunity to bring together so many people to raise funds and a general awareness of the subject through music is one that could not be passed. Everyone at Mono Chorlton is looking forward to an amazing 3 day festival of music, all for such a great cause.”
The Miners Community and Arts Centre in Moston host acts such as The Moods, Tuscan Sun, Arrggh Kid, Cal Ruddy and a DJ set from Dermo of Northside during their two day event held on 24 -25 September.
Dermo said: “I’m supporting Musicians Against Homelessness because it really is all for a great cause that I believe in, there’s so many people on the streets that need help. Myself and everybody else involved are doing something, please help if you can by attending and supporting these events. There should be one near you and if there isn’t, then find out why. I’ll be DJing at The Miners Arts and Community Centre in Moston on 24th September, along with some great bands and artists. So please if you can, stick your hand in your pocket and get involved. Keep On People.”
Ashton-Under-Lyne hosts a line-up including Family Ranks, Partisan and The Spitting Pips at The Witchwood on 18 September, while The Spinning Top in Stockport has Crafty Dog supported by Andy Murdoch on 1 Oct.
Stuart Armstrong of Partisan said: “As a band we’re very conscious of what is going on politically and socially in this country. Being in a band gives you a platform enabling you to bring issues that need to be addressed to the forefront. I don’t want to waste the platform we have, so we jumped at the chance to support the charity Crisis”
Liam McClair, Ryan Jarvis and The Replicants provide the entertainment at The Cinamon Club in Altrincham on 30 September.
The bands, event managers and promoters have worked very hard to bring some of the best talent to Manchester. The managers of specific events have worked closely with the originator and overall co-ordinator of the event, Emma Rule, to bring the concept to life.
Rosco McCabe, organiser and performer at the gig due to be held on 1 October at the Magdelene Centre in Broadbottom said: “I’m delighted to support Musicians Against Homelessness and be part of this massive movement. Music is the perfect platform to promote change in a positive and powerful way. This campaign has inspired me to write the song ‘Don’t You See me?’ which aims to challenge certain stereotypes and public misconceptions around the homeless people we see every day on UK streets.”
The last ingredient needed for the project to succeed is a typical Manchester audience; loud, enthusiastic and just a little wild.
Make sure you get to some of these excellent events and make Musicians Against Homelessness the outstanding success it deserves to be – for everyone’s sake.
Posters for the events available here
Tickets available at:
Live Room 24th Sept Jez Kerr Gullivers https://www.wegottickets.com/event/371636
Pre New Gullivers https://www.wegottickets.com/event/371690
Altrincham Cinnamon Club https://www.wegottickets.com/event/366907
Broadbottom £5 pay on the door
The Witchwood Ashton under Lyne https://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Oldham/The-Witchwood/Musicians-Against-Homelessness-/12812128/
The Spinning Top – Donation on the door
Blue Orchids Gullivers https://www.wegottickets.com/event/362525
Live Room 8th Oct £6 on the door
Mono Chorlton Donation on the door
Band On The Wall https://bandonthewall.org/events/musicians-against-homelessness/
Kings Arms Salford https://www.wegottickets.com/kingsarmssalford