It’s all for a great cause.
Following the tragic passing of Michelle Mullane – a former XFM and Key 103 radio presenter who recently passed away from bowel cancer at the age of 50 – Jason Manford is set to take to the stage in the name of charity, helping to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.
Hailing from Salford himself, Manford was a long-time friend of Mullane’s, even going as far as crediting her for the success he has found in his career.
Paying tribute to the beloved radio presenter with a ‘Howl For The Bowel’ open-air show, Manford will take to the stage next Easter at The Oast House, with a number of big-name support arts in both comedy and music yet to be announced.
The show will take the format of a festival-style event, with an exciting line-up in store which will include resident DJs, musicians and a number of special guests. The event – which was originally scheduled for 2020 – was the brainchild of Mullane’s, however, it was forced to be rescheduled at the hands of the pandemic. Michelle sadly passed away on Christmas Eve, 2020.
Jason said: “Michelle was such a dear friend and helped me before I was anyone. She gave a lot of comedians their first chance of being on the radio and all my times I spent with her I only remember laughter. So it feels fitting to help put this show together in her honour.”
Michelle’s daughter, Liv Winter said: “I am thrilled to be able to announce my mum’s pride and joy – Howl for the Bowel. She worked extremely hard on this event despite being so poorly and I am honoured to continue her legacy. The fact it’s happening on her birthday makes it even more poignant.
“My mum made me promise the event would go ahead no matter what, so this big announcement is for her. Everyone involved in this project wants to make my mum proud, so we can’t wait to reveal the rest of the line-up over the coming year.”
Tickets for the event go on sale today at 10am form £35pp, and you can pick yours up here. All profits made from ticket sales and fundraising will be donated to Cancer Research UK.