Rock solid effort to help our homeless
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