Musicians unite for gig against homelessness

Titors Insignia
Titors Insignia

The St Helens music scene is putting on a gig to tackle the scourge of homelessness as part of a famous music mogul’s national campaign.

Promoter Mike Lindley, who runs the Ralph’s Life blog dedicated to supporting up-and-coming talent, is organising a 12-hour music marathon at Zoo Bar in September.

Founder of Creation Records and Oasis mentor Alan McGee

Founder of Creation Records and Oasis mentor Alan McGee

The gig is being organised after Alan McGee, who most notably discovered Oasis, launched Musicians Against Homelessness (MAH) to raise money for homeless charity Crisis earlier this year.

Local acts are already keen to get involved with the St Helens event, with the likes of Stillia, The Bordellos, Titors Insignia and Vukovar all confirmed for the bill.

Mike said: “We are delighted to have Stillia at our event as they’ve just signed a management contract plus a host of other local bands and others from all corners of the UK.

“It will be a spectacular 12 hours of music in Zoo Bar. The event is hosted by Ralph’s Indie Show and will be transmitted live to 158 countries worldwide.”

The gig at the Westfield Street venue is on Saturday September 17, with the local acts set to be joined by bands from across the UK such as The Fireflys, Ambrose Chappel, Museum of Backward Hats and The Loving Memory.

Music begins at noon with acts taking to Zoo Bar’s stage until midnight.

All the MAH gigs across the country are endorsed by Mr McGee, who formed Creation Records and manages bands including Black Grape and The Jesus and Mary Chain.

He said: “I am delighted that bands of this calibre want to be part of this campaign. The support in St Helens has been tremendous and inspiring and it’s fantastic to see so many come forward to take part.

“Although our primary concern is to combat the scourge of homelessness it is vital that the MAH gigs also give up-and-coming combos a chance to play to larger audiences.”

The musicians’ efforts to help Crisis have also been warmly welcomed by the charity.

Crisis’ director of fund-raising Ed Tait said: “The support of Musicians Against Homelessness comes at an important time. Homelessness is devastating, leaving people vulnerable and isolated.

“With rough sleeping rising steeply across England, unfortunately our services are all the more important.”

The Musicians Against Homelessness gig is at Zoo Bar in St Helens on Saturday September 17 from noon until midnight.

Tickets are available from the venue or online at www.wegottickets.com/event/363936