MUSICIANS AGAINST HOMELESSNESS 2016
FRIDAY 23RD SEPTMEBER - DOORS 6PM.
OASIS guru Alan McGee is teaming up with local bands in Conwy as part of his new campaign against homelessness.
The music mogul launched a new nationwide campaign called Musicians Against Homelessness earlier this year to raise funds for the homeless charity Crisis.
The project has been supported by Happy Mondays legend Shaun Ryder, Irvine Walsh, Cast, the Buzzcocks, Black Grape, The Jesus & Mary Chain and hundreds more bands.
Bands here in Conwy have rallied to the cause.
Deckchair Protest, Penrose and Gintis will play an MAH fund-raising concert at TAPE Commnuity Arts Centre on the 23rd of September.
Alan McGee said: “I am delighted that bands of this calibre want to be part of this campaign."
“The support in Conwy has been tremendous and inspiring and it’s fantastic to see so many come forward to take part.
“Although our primary concern is to combat the scourge of homelessness it is vital that the MAH gigs also give up-and-coming bands a chance to play to larger audiences.”
Ed Tait, Director of Fundraising for Crisis, said: “The support of Musicians Against Homelessness comes at an important time. Homelessness is devastating, leaving people vulnerable and isolated. With rough sleeping rising steeply across the UK, unfortunately our services are all the more important.”
Gigs will take place over a three week period between 18 September and 9th October. They are all endorsed by Alan McGee and will be open to all bands and venues who’d like to get involved in their local area. McGee, who formed Creation Records and manages bands including Black Grape and The Jesus & Mary Chain, said: “We are trying to build a new wave of opportunities for young bands.”
Gary Hughes said: “We are delighted to have Penrose headline our event. They will be supported by Deckchair Protest and Gintis.
McGee, who slept rough himself before discovering Oasis, went on:
“Due to the eternal gentrification of big cities we are losing music venues all over the country. Without these venues what chance will new bands, especially working class bands, ever have of gaining the oxygen of experience and learning to refine their craft?
“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 as well as raising a large amount for Crisis, 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.”
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