Image © O2 Victoria Warehouse Manchester via Facebook

Raise the Roof for Homelessness in Manchester

15 April 2019 | Maisy Farren

The Courteeners, Blossoms, Bugzy Malone, Lisa Stansfield, Dr John Cooper Clarke and Sunta Templeton take over Victoria Warehouse for a roof raising fundraiser this May.

If there’s one thing Manchester excels at it’s using its wonderful talent pool of musicians to combat issues and help people who need it most. In response to the terror attack at the MEN arena in 2017, the city organised One Love, which saw artists from all over the world convene in aid of the victims, and months later a selection of Manchester based artists reopened the MEN arena with the We Are Manchester concert. Doing what MCR does best, join them now in an effort to end the city’s homelessness crisis this May. 

Manchester is no stranger to rough sleepers, and a walk through its city centre is a shocking reminder of the sheer amount of people who live on the streets. A Bed Every Night was launched in autumn 2018, and in April 2019 they predict to house roughly 300 individuals every night of the week across Greater Manchester. It is The Mayor of Greater Manchester’s chosen charity and said mayor Andy Burnham has pledged to end rough sleeping by 2020 whilst personally contributing 15% of his monthly salary to the cause. The charity doesn’t stop at offering a bed, and ensures that each resident also receives a shower, a hot meal and targeted support in an effort to make a lasting change to these lives. No other part of the country is providing this level of focus on eradicating homelessness, and in true MCR style they’re putting on one hell of a party to raise money and awareness. 

Image credit: Raise The Roof via Facebook

The show, which takes place on 24 May at 02 Victoria Warehouse, will be headlined by the Courteeners, with support coming from Stockport indie boys Blossoms, UK grime sensation Bugzy Malone, R&B soul singer Lisa Stansfield, and of course, the Bard of Salford – Dr John Cooper Clarke. The event will be hosted by Manchester’s own Sunta Templeton, a Radio X DJ and presenter. No doubt getting a round in to support the cause, the Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham will likely make an appearance at the gig. The money raised from the concert will help make so much difference to so many lives, and the event also works to raise awareness of the charity and its good work. 
In the spirit of absolute fairness, tickets for this concert are on a random selection basis. In order to be entered into the draw you must text the word RAISE to 84988 before 12pm on 3 May 2019, and one entry costs £10. 1,600 lucky winners will be contacted with the offer of two tickets by 6 May, and they then have 24 hours to claim them. This is an amazing opportunity to see the Courteeners in the intimate Victoria Warehouse venue before they go on to headline a sold-out concert at Heaton Park in June. An entry into the ballot is also the ultimate guilt free ticket purchase, as even if you don’t win two tickets to the gig you can rest assured that your money is being used to help someone who needs it. 
For more information about the concert visit the Raise the Roof website, and for more information about the charity head to A Bed Every Night.  

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