Award-winning rapper and local lad Aitch has launched a brand new travel scheme for young people.
The Aitch-S2 is an initiative providing hundreds of people with the opportunity to enjoy a ‘summer without limits’ – giving them the chance to travel the country and experience various cultural events.
Created in partnership with Relentless energy drink, the new Aitch-S2 will run for eight weeks offering under 25s free train tickets to UK festivals, gigs and nightlife between July and August.
Aitch is passionate about supporting regional scenes, talents and cultures, and under the new alternative travel scheme young people will have the chance to apply for funding to cover rail travel costs to events in different cities.
The aim of this is to help rebalance cultural accessibility outside of the M25 and spotlight new and exciting music scenes across the UK.
The rising cost of transport and living is set to make travelling to events difficult, with the initiative hoping to make a difference by removing some of the financial barriers that might restrict people from making the most of the first summer since the lifting of restrictions.
The Aitch-S2 travel scheme will run for eight weeks from July 5th to August 26th, and under 25s from anywhere in the UK will be eligible to apply for free travel across the national rail network – with travel vouchers worth up to £100 allocated on a weekly basis.
Speaking on his involvement in the Relentless Aitch-S2 scheme, Aitch says: “I’m really excited to launch The Aitch-S2 with Relentless – there’s so much amazing culture around the UK, but for young people to experience it, they need to break out of their city limits, which is hard to do when it’s so expensive to travel outside your hometown.
“I don’t want anyone missing out on what is going to be a summer to remember, so this initiative will help young Brits get back out there and have fun, no matter the location.”
Head over to the website, here, to find out more about the scheme.
Manchester’s Piccadilly Radio wants listeners’ memories ahead of its 50th anniversary
What’s your favourite memory of the radio station?
Manchester’s Piccadilly Radio celebrates its 50th anniversary in April 2024, and listeners are being invited to share their own memories of the Mancunian institution.
The station became one of the most popular mixed news and entertainment radio stations in the country, listened to and loved by millions of people.
And now a special book – titled ‘For the Record – Piccadilly Radio’s 50th Anniversary’ – is scheduled for publication next year.
Written by Piccadilly old boys Tony Ingham and Brian Beech, it will be a unique look at the show’s mammoth journey, featuring the story of the people who made it happen.
The book will tell the story of the presenters, journalists, producers, engineers and – most importantly – listeners, for which Piccadilly Radio became the soundtrack to their lives.
For many, the iconic 261 logo and jingles quickly became part of everyday life in the North West of England.
Ingham said: “For the listener, Piccadilly Radio was their music and their friend. Mention it to anyone of a certain age and immediately they are back under the bedclothes with Dave Ward or remembering ‘It’s a Goal!’ or ‘Oh no!’ Nobody did it better.
“We’ve got lots of stories from colleagues who worked there, but a major reason that Piccadilly was so successful was that it broadcast to the most responsive and the very best of audiences. We want to hear what Piccadilly Radio meant to them.”
The station birthed the careers of several national personalities, including Chris Evans, Timmy Mallett, Gary Davies, Mark Radcliffe, Andy Crane, Steve Penk and Andy Peebles.
It also nurtured hugely popular local personalities including Susie Mathis, Phil Wood, Dave Ward, Mike Shaft, Pete Baker, James Stannage, Tim Grundy, Becky Want and Mike Sweeney.
As Chris Evans once said, “Piccadilly Radio knew exactly who it was and what it was about. It was a new voice for a new generation. It was about the North West and everyone who lived there.”
If you have a story from the Piccadilly Radio glory days, you can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org for the chance to be included in the book.
Shania Twain announces huge Manchester gig as part of UK tour
Let’s go girls…
Shania Twain has her sights set upon Manchester as part of a huge UK tour next year.
The country music icon, responsible for hit tracks such as ‘Man! I Feel Like A Woman!’ and ‘From This Moment On’, announced that she would be touring the UK in the wake of her new album ‘Queen of Me’, which is set for release on February 3rd, 2023.
This is the first time Shania has announced a global tour in nearly five years, with her more recently hosting a lengthy residency in Las Vegas.
The tour will kick off on Saturday September 16th 2023 at London’s O2 Arena, before moving on to Dublin, Glasgow and Manchester.
It will then wrap up in Birmingham on Tuesday September 26th.
Here’s the full list of Shania Twain’s UK tour dates:
- September 16th 2023: London, The O2.
- September 19th 2023: Dublin, 3Arena.
- September 22nd 2023: Glasgow, OVO Hydro.
- September 25th 2023: Manchester, AO Arena.
- September 26th 2023: Birmingham, Utilita Arena.
Tickets go on general sale on the Live Nation website this week on Friday November 4th from 10am.
Though fans who pre-order the new album from the official store before 4pm on Tuesday November 1st will receive a pre-sale code for 2023 tour tickets from Wednesday November 2nd at 10am.
For more information and tickets, click here.
Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott praised for capping concert tickets to fight music industry ‘greed’
‘I’m very much against greed within the industry because I feel as though there is quite a lot’
Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott have been praised by fans for capping their concert tickets at £30 in a stand against ‘music industry greed’.
The musicians, who were famously part of pop rock group The Beautiful South, appeared on BBC Breakfast last week to discuss the reasoning behind their affordable ticket prices.
Paul said it was important to keep their gig prices low for fans, adding that he hopes he will ‘set an example’ to other artists and musicians.
He said: “It’s really important through the coming months and possibly years that we tell the fans that we’re getting paid enough and we want to keep it low for you. I think people are delighted.
“I’m very much against greed within the industry because I feel as though there is quite a lot.
“We’re trying to just battle and say look we’ll do it as low as we can. And you know… set a bit of an example.”
Paul’s comments were met with a warm reception on social media, with countless fans rushing to praise his and Jacqui’s decision to lower the cost of tickets.
One person wrote: “What a man. Brilliant. Understands people are struggling and he’s making enough… why can’t others think like that.”
A second noted: “Love Paul Heaton, what a legend. Hope more follow suit the price of gig tickets is ridiculous nowadays.”
And a third commented: “Fair play Paul Heaton. Always been on the right side of things. Gig tickets are ridiculous now.”
Though this isn’t the first time Heaton has been applauded for his generosity; earlier this year, the singer turned sixty and, to celebrate, put thousands of pounds of his own money behind the bars in sixty pubs across the UK.
He said at the time: “To celebrate my sixtieth birthday I’d originally intended to do another bicycle tour, visiting and performing at sixty pubs across the UK and Ireland.
“However, due to recording delays caused by the pandemic, I’ve had to shelve these plans for the time being.
“Instead, I’ve decided that the next best way to celebrate this coming of age is to handpick sixty pubs across the UK and Ireland and put a given amount of money behind the bar of each one. Then, both regulars and yourselves can enjoy a birthday drink on me (until the money runs out, or the bar runs dry!)”