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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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Manchester’s Piccadilly Radio wants listeners’ memories ahead of its 50th anniversary

What’s your favourite memory of the radio station?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 piccadillyat50@gmail.com for the chance to be included in the book.

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Shania Twain announces huge Manchester gig as part of UK tour

Let’s go girls…

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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.

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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’

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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!)”

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