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Liam Gallagher to help fight food poverty with two-day virtual festival

Beverley Knight and James are also on the lineup!

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A massive line up of stars are set to help fight food poverty with a two-day virtual music event.

Music Feeds organised by ethical retailer Co-op and the promoter working to do good in the entertainment industry, Everybody Belongs Here has signed up top musicians to perform at the exclusive two-day virtual festival. 

The line-up includes the likes of Liam Gallagher, Beverley Knight, James and Amy Macdonald join Sam Smith, Blossoms, Newton Faulkner plus plenty more. 

It comes after Co-op announces they are set to donate £1m to Music Feeds which will go to FareShare’s fight against food poverty in providing around 2.5 million meals as well as two music industry causes, Help Musicians and Stagehand who care for musicians and live production workers during times of crisis.

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All net profits from the virtual festival’s ticket sales will be split amongst the three charities too! 

Co-op were one of the first signatories to Marcus Rashford’s new Food Insecurity Taskforce, first joining forces back in summer 2020 where the footballer starred in the TV advert helping to raise funds for Fare Share.

Jo Whitfield, CEO, Co-op Food, said: “Hunger knows no borders, and neither should our response. All year round, Co-op works to tackle food hunger and we’re thrilled to be uniting with outstanding musicians from across the world to turn up the volume on the issue.

“The pandemic has brought a sharper focus on issues such as food poverty and many in the music industry have seen their livelihoods disappear overnight because of lockdown restrictions. It’s right that we should lend our support and co-operate with musicians to raise awareness and raise funds for such vital causes.”

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Co-op have long been involved within the music industry with plans to create the UK’s biggest and most exciting arena in Manchester, Co-op Live. They also built dance halls for the masses over 100 years ago and even provided a venue for The Beatles in 1962. 

Jo Whitfield added: “Co-op is a growing part of the music scene and music lovers can enjoy great acts at Music Feeds in the knowledge they are acting towards creating lasting change on big issues, including fairer access to food.”

Music industry veteran and the creative powerhouse behind Music Feeds, Saul Davies said: “At Music Feeds you’ll get never-seen performances from leading artists, uncover new bands, and get up-close and personal with interviews.

“The festival will be broadcast to your Smart TV and devices over two nights, and festival goers can even join the sofa mosh-pit via the simultaneous Twitter listening party. Additional artists who have been unable to perform have donated unique items for the companions Music Feed charity auction.”

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Davies added: “With a single £15 ticket giving access to both nights, the festival is priced to allow as many people as possible to support the causes.

“There is also the option for festival-goers to donate more. We are grateful to our ticketing partner DICE, who have significantly reduced their charges to only recover their costs. So, if you want to take positive action to end hunger, buy a ticket for yourself, buy one for a friend or donate one to charity, but please help by buying a ticket at MusicFeeds.org.”

Music Feeds presented by Co-op and Everybody Belongs Here will take place on the evenings of January 28th and 29th 2021.

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Aitch offers Liam Gallagher £7m to feature on new album

The collaboration of all collaborations…

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Rapper Aitch has offered Liam Gallagher a handsome sum of money to feature on his upcoming new album.

Clearly not one to mess around when it comes to big career opportunities, local lad Aitch – from New Moston – took to Twitter yesterday to proposition the former Oasis frontman, tagging him and writing simply: “I will pay £7 Million for you to be on my album @liamgallagher.”

Gallagher is yet to respond to the tempting offer, though he is known for his Twitter antics so we shouldn’t be waiting too long for one of his famed snarky replies.

Yet regardless of Liam’s lack of response, fans have been loving the bizarre proposal, with one jokingly asking the rapper for ‘a tenner’ and another saying she’ll change her name and take up the offer herself.

And, when someone offered Aitch £6 to ‘quit music’, the good-humoured rapper replied with: “I’ll send you my bank details now.”

Aitch, real name Harrison Armstrong, is putting together a new record after his last album Polaris was released back in 2020.

He has previously collaborated with the likes of Bugzy Malone and AJ Tracey, though one of the Gallagher brothers would definitely be his biggest partnership yet.

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However, LG already has a lot on his plate; back in October, he announced that he would be returning to Knebworth Park, the site of the historic Oasis gigs of 1996. 

In the wake of the release of his new album, ‘C’MON YOU KNOW’, the Mancunian rocker took to Twitter to reveal that he will be taking to the iconic Knebworth stage over two decades on from the famous Oasis gigs.

He wrote: “I’m absolutely buzzing to announce that on 4th June 2022 I’ll be playing Knebworth. It’s gonna be biblical. C’mon You Know. LG x”.

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LadBaby teams up with Ed Sheeran and Elton John to try and claim fourth Christmas number one

Yep, Elton John will be singing about sausage rolls…

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LadBaby are going all out in their race for the UK Christmas number one this year with the help from music icons Ed Sheeran and Elton John.

YouTube stars Mark and Roxanne Hoyle have achieved three consecutive Christmas number ones since 2018 with their fun sausage roll-themed songs, all of which raise money for the Trussell Trust food bank charity. 

And this year, in an attempt to reach the world record of four consecutive Christmas number ones, the Nottinghamshire couple have recruited the help of music icons Ed Sheeran and Elton John.

The couple said in a statement: “Ed and Elton are pop royalty and they’ve both had huge success at Christmas, so we’re honoured and excited to be coming together to help families this Christmas… With the power of sausage rolls.”

Sheeran, who was the last artist before LadBaby to have a festive number one with his 2017 love song ‘Perfect’, said he is ‘proud’ to be supporting and featuring on LadBaby’s single this Christmas.

He said, as per the BBC: “All profits will be donated to The Trussell Trust, which is a very wonderful and important charity, so make sure you stream it, buy it and play it on repeat.”

Elton John said in the announcement: “We’re coming together to make a difference this Christmas and raise as much money as possible for people in the UK that need it the most.”

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LadBaby are currently tied with the Spice Girls and The Beatles, who both hold the record with three consecutive Christmas No 1s apiece.

This year, however, they face competition from Adele, Abba and Gary Barlow, plus some more traditional favourites like Mariah Carey and Wham!.

The single, titled ‘Sausage Rolls for Everyone‘, is available to preorder on Amazon and iTunes. It will be available on full release on December 17th. 

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There’s a Happy Mondays-themed party coming to the Northern Quarter

Get your maracas ready!

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A Northern Quarter bar is throwing an epic Happy Mondays-themed party to get revellers nice and warmed up ahead of their epic AO Arena gig this week.

For the first time in over three decades, Mancunian icons the Happy Mondays and James will be hitting the stage together as part of their nation-wide two-month-long tour. 

James singer Tim Booth said of the tour: “So looking forward to seeing you. We will pack two years of frustration and explosive joy into these gigs.

“It feels like a new dawn to trumpet a celebratory tour, a week after the first news of hope. We’re playing with the brilliant Happy Mondays. We last played with them in 1988, hopefully, this time they won’t steal our rider or try and spike my drink…”

So this Friday, when the musicians come back to Manchester for their homecoming gig at the AO Arena, a Northern Quarter venue has decided to throw an epic Happy Mondays-themed party to get concert-goers nice and warmed up.

The Pen & Pencil will be hosting pre-drinks for all concert-goers (and for the rest who sadly couldn’t get their hands on tickets) in the form of a party guaranteed to get everyone in that Happy Mondays mood.

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The party will be taking this Friday, December 3rd place from 4pm – 7pm, with the city’s finest tunes coming courtesy of Mancunian legend Clint Boon, who’ll be banging out all of the best Madchester hits, plus loads of Mondays and James to really get you going.

Tickets aren’t required for entry, all you’ll need to do is turn up and have a good time. 

For more information and to stay posted with updates, follow the Pen & Pencil on Instagram.

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