StreetLive to Raise the Roof for Homeless Young People

Eye The Bomb

This Saturday The Star on South Beach is set to host an indoor festival in aid of young homeless people. If you live in Blackpool you almost certainly will know of the Streetlife charity which supports homeless young people in the town. Now, this brand new event gives you the chance to support it and hear some fantastic live music – not much to complain about there.

StreetLive will be rocking the foundations of The Star as bands and DJs take to the stage from midday till midnight. The brainchild of local music promoter Ric Hulme, StreetLive will be a celebration of up and coming bands on the Blackpool music scene with all money raised going towards Streetlife, which is aiming to plug a hole in its finances following a funding cut at the start of 2014.

Streetlife provides support and shelter for young people between the ages of 16 and 25 to enable them to make informed choices about their situation and issues which affect their lives. The two centres are entirely volunteer-run and open 365 days a year to support young people who find themselves homeless through various life issues.

The festival will feature a number of local acts including BoothBoxers, The Hidden Promise, Eye The Bomb, Owen Holt and Du Pig plus a headline DJ set from the Dust Junkys and is being supported by Voiteq, Gordon Slater Solutions, Happy Creative and Ric’s promotional company, Dope Promo.

All bands featured at the festival have also contributed to a CD which has been produced with all sales going towards funding Streetlife’s shelter on St John’s Square and The Base on Buchanan Street in Blackpool.

Ric said: “Streetlife was an obvious choice of charity for me with it being Blackpool based and hearing the cuts in funding to the charity really sealed the deal. A good friend of mine introduced me to the charity when he started organizing his own collection for Streetlife.

“Blackpool’s music scene is on the up with more live music being put on and I hope StreetLive will be the first of many such events to grace the many stages at pubs across the resort.

“I’m really excited about the event and the CD which we are in the process of putting together. It’s completely original, with no covers and all money from the sale will go directly to help young people who, through no fault of their own, find themselves needing help from Streetlife.”

Around 30 volunteers help run the two centres who have a variety of roles with some of them working with the young people while on a gap year. They provide them with life skills which will help them moving on in their lives and they have seen a number of young people who have used their services go on to achieve great things in the face of adversity.

Streetlife is dependent on charitable donations from the public and its partners and sponsors across Blackpool. It is aiming to raise £120,000 in funds following council cuts. This summer the charity introduced Manchester United youngster Joe Riley as its first charity ambassador. Joe was born in Blackpool and his family live in Lytham.

Jane Hugo, CEO of Streetlife, said: “We are really excited about StreetLive and indebted to all those organisations who have contributed to the cause. We are confident this festival will help with the funding as we seek to raise £120,000 by the end of the year.

“Music is such a key influence on youngsters lives and we know how much the live music scene in important to Blackpool so we hope StreetLive will help raise both profiles.”

With such a strong line-up of musicians, in a great venue in easy reach of the town centre and the chance to support such a vital and well loved local charity there really isn’t any excuse not to be there.

Tickets are available online here and cost just £10 plus a £1 booking fee. For more information visit the Facebook event.

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