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Musicians Against Homelessness

Alan McGee

Be sure to save some beer money for the last weekend of September, as there’s a very important reason to give Netflix an evening or two off. Thursday 29 kicks off the Blackpool leg of ‘Musicians Against Homelessness’, the national campaign by the man responsible for bringing the radio hog that was Oasis to our lives.

Alan McGee’s fight to help people in crisis has gained momentum across the UK this year, with support from Shaun Ryder (Happy Mondays), Irvine Walsh, Cast, Black Grape and The Jesus and Mary Chain. Now a number of Fylde Coast bands have rallied to the music mogul’s cause to raise funds for the homeless charity, Crisis.

“I am delighted that young bands of this calibre want to be part of this campaign,” said McGee. “The support in Blackpool and the surrounding area has been tremendous and inspiring and it’s fantastic to see so many come forward to take part.”

So far, the dates already guarantee a fantastic night out, with potential for more acts still to be confirmed:

  • 29 September – Bootleg Social will play host to French post punk band, De Stijl, supported by local favourites Laura Catlow, Dischord and Mayhem Freak.
  • 30 September and 1 October – Up-and-coming bands, The Atmospherics, Jekyll, De Palma, and Eye The Bomb will be playing a two-day gig at The Waterloo Hotel, alongside visitors Mad Winter and Jake McRae from Manchester.
  • 7, 8 and 9 October – Not to be outdone, Maureen Blair and Terry Palmer have organised Steamerstock, a 3 day extravaganza at The Steamer (Fleetwood) starring Quarter Light, Molly’s Chamber and Don’t Panic.

Alan McGee slept rough himself before discovering Oasis. Since then, he has also managed the likes of Primal Scream, Mogwai, Mew, and The Libertines, and he’s suggested that he will be on the lookout for new talent while in town:

“Although our primary concern is to combat the scourge of homelessness it is vital that the the gigs also give up-and-coming bands and artists to opportunity to play to larger audiences,” McGee continued. “We are trying to build a new wave of opportunities for young bands.”

Musicians Against Homelessness Regional Organiser, Jon Bamborough added: “There are some fabulous people on the Fylde Coast who have been so generous with their time and we thank everyone of them. We want to encourage all to come and enjoy the music and make a donation to this fantastic cause.”

Visit www.musiciansagainsthomelessness.net for more information and advance tickets, or view the host venues’ Facebook pages.

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