Rock solid ef­fort to help our home­less

Daily Star Sunday - - FRONT PAGE - ■ by GARRY BUSHELL

MORE than 600 bands will play gigs for Mu­si­cians Against Home­less­ness this year – up a fifth on last year.

The char­ity, launched by Oa­sis mu­sic mogul Alan McGee, inset, to help home­less char­ity Cri­sis, kicked off this year’s gigs ear­lier this month and will run into Novem­ber.

Cast, Space, New Model Army, Dodgy and Pretty Vi­cious are among the rock and indie artists tak­ing part in 115 shows and fes­ti­vals. The Sex Pissed Dolls play Southamp­ton on Fri­day, while the Voodoo Bats and Re­gan play Brad­ford along with New Model Army on Satur­day.

Big­ger names will be an­nounced in the com­ing weeks.

There will be a Punks Against Home­less­ness all-dayer at Lon­don’s New Cross Inn on Oc­to­ber 1, fea­tur­ing 1980s pop star Max Splodge as well as vet­er­ans in­clud­ing Spizzen­ergi. Shaun Ry­der, Liam Gal­lagher and Lily Allen are among the big names who have pub­licly backed the cam­paign.

It saw 500 bands play­ing 100 events last year, rais­ing thou­sands for the char­ity. Alan McGee, the boss of Cre­ation Records, told the Daily Star Sun­day: “The sup­port has been fan­tas­tic. MAH is the big­gest in­de­pen­dent mu­sic cru­sade since Rock Against Racism in the 1970s and, like RAR, it pro­vides open­ings for up-and-com­ing bands.” McGee’s MAH part­ner Emma Rule said: “Every­one, from un­signed bands to es­tab­lished names, is rais­ing aware­ness as well as funds. “Home­less­ness fig­ures have dou­bled since 2010. The av­er­age age of death for a street sleeper is 47 and cur­rent pre­dic­tions are se­ri­ously wor­ry­ing.” Emma was given the Points of Light award by Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May ear­lier this month in recog­ni­tion of her out­stand­ing char­i­ta­ble work.

She said: “It was an hon­our to have our team recog­nised, but it’s a shame that char­i­ties and projects like MAH are pick­ing up where govern­ments are fail­ing.” Money raised goes to Cri­sis and the Si­mon Com­mu­nity North­ern Ire­land, which help those liv­ing on the streets.

■ TUNED IN: Cast and, inset, Emma Rule re­ceives award from PM Theresa May

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