National Campaign Has Strong Local Backing
Lee Barber || September 30th
The Musicians Against Homelessness campaign is well and truly under way now, and has really made itself know on the music industry. Alan McGee and Emma Rule, the two behind the project, have set out with the aim of raising funds for homeless charity CRISIS whilst also providing opportunities for up and coming acts.
North Staffordshire has proven to really get behind the cause, with number of events already taking place around the city, with Pilgrim's Pit hosting the first event, organised by Sean Dissington., and slo The Sugarmill, who were last weekend host to some fine local indie acts. This weekend is one which is packed to the brim with MAH events, with one of each night of the weekend. Steve Hammersley, the MAH area manager for North Staffordshire, is very happy with the response the project has had from the area so far.
'The Musicians Against Homelessness campaign is already shaping up into a brilliant national event. Raising money for an important cause and also showcasing local unsigned bands up and down the UK. The response in Stoke & North Staffs has been better than expected. Live music all over Leek this weekend and a great line up at The Exchange on Sunday. Something for everyone.'
The weekends MAH events begin this evening in Leek, where new music venue The Cave will be hosting Diviniere and A Thousand Wolves. Highly respected local music promoters and supporters, The Situation, will be bringing Psyence to The Foxlowe Arts Centre. Psyence will be joined on stage by Jamie Cartlidge who, after gaining a very good reputation through being front man for Shimmer Trap, has now become the fifth member of the indie-psych band. Psyence will be supported by Betunizer, Gunther Prague & The Tone Poets.
As if that wasn't enough, the Leek Blues & Americana Festival, which runs throughout the weekend, is openly supporting the Musicians Against Homelessness cause and events.
Ending the weekend's proceedings will be the Rebel Bear Precinct, who host an evening of entertainment at The Exchange in Hanley. Heading the bill is BBC 6 Music accredited Nixon Tate & The Honey Club, who recently released their fourth single of the year, Honey Trap. Also performing on Sunday night will be The King's Pistol, Blackwater Trading Company and The Red Kite's, with Best Single Award winner Megan Dixon-Hood completing the bill.