Manchester To Host Special Gig In Fight Against Homelessness

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The growing problem of homelessness has hit crisis point in the UK. Manchester is trying to tackle the problem in a way that the city knows best – through music. 

An eclectic mix of Manchester’s biggest bands and artists are coming together for a special event that will raise money for A Bed Every Night – a charity dedicated to providing every rough sleeper with a safe place to stay.

Raise the Roof takes place at the O2 Victoria Warehouse on Friday 24 May.

Headlining the gig will be homegrown heroes Courteeners, who return to the city on the back of a record-breaking sold out Heaton Park show.

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Joining them will be the now-chart-topping Blossoms, Bugzy Malone, Lisa Stansfield, Dr John Cooper Clarke and DJ Sunta Templeton.

Music fans are being asked to make a £10 donation to the Greater Manchester Mayor’s charity, to raise money for A Bed Every Night scheme and support people who would be otherwise sleeping rough. People need to text ‘RAISE’ to 84988, before midday on Friday May 3rd, to be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets for the concert.

Bugzy Malone performing at the’We Are Manchester’ charity concert at the Manchester Arena (Getty)

The public ballot open is now open and runs for just over three weeks. The age restriction is 16+. Anyone aged 16 or 17-years-old must be accompanied by an adult. 1,600 lucky winners – who will each receive a pair of tickets – will be contacted from Monday May 6.

Courteeners frontman Liam Fray spoke out on the issue of homelessness in the city he grew up in: “Rough sleeping on the streets of Greater Manchester is a crisis all of us need to confront and by joining forces we can really make a difference.”

Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham spoke of the good work the charity had done so far but added that there was still a long way to go.

“Greater Manchester is the only city-region trying to give everyone somewhere to go every night. Our A Bed Every Night scheme has been running since November and has helped over 500 people off the streets. But to keep it going, we urgently need to raise more funds.”

Burnham has previously worked with Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany on the campaign and praised the artists for getting involved in the essential initiative.

Andy Burnham visits a Manchester homeless shelter (Dave Thompson Getty)

“Just as Vincent Kompany has brought the football world behind our campaign, it is brilliant to see our music industry stepping forward with ‘Raise The Roof’. I am immensely grateful to all the performers taking part and proud of the stand our city is taking on the homelessness crisis. If we all work together, we can end the need for rough-sleeping here and send out a message of hope in these dark times.”

A Bed Every Night chairman, Tim Heatley also praised the event: “This is a great way to donate to a fantastic charity while also being in with the chance of winning a pair of tickets to what I’m sure will be a fantastic night. A Bed Every Night is a commitment to deliver a place to sleep; plus hot food, a hot shower and targeted support for everyone sleeping rough in the city-region.”

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