We obviously love a good bit of music here in Manchester, but something many of us are also passionate about is ending poverty. Given the success of Mayor Andy Burnham’s Raise The Roof event in 2022, a charity concert hosting the likes of Blossoms and Courteeners, we’re not surprised, but equally as thrilled, to report that famous Mancs Gary Neville and James are hosting Music Feeds Live – a new fundraising concert to tackle food poverty.
Chart-topping musicians and performers are joining forces and voices to help fight food poverty in the North West. Led by James guitarist Saul Davies and his partner Vanda Guerreiro, more than 10 artists will perform at the Music Feeds Live concert, raising funds for foodbank charity The Trussell Trust.
Artists already confirmed include James’ Tim Booth, Jim Glennie and Saul, The Farm, Chicane, Slow Readers Club, Lanterns on the Lake, and British Poet Laureate Simon Armitage with his band LYR.
Football legends Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher will host the event alongside Radio 6 Music presenter Chris Hawkins, while the acclaimed Joe Duddell Orchestra will collaborate with guest stars throughout the night.
Taking place at the O2 Apollo on Tuesday 27 February 2024, Music Feeds Live follows on from the first online concert held in 2021 during the pandemic, the line-up of which included Liam Gallagher, Sam Smith and Beverley Knight, which raised funds for food banks at the time.
Saul and Vanda set up initiative Everybody Belongs Here in 2020, which aims to help end food poverty and celebrate positive change. They say: “Discrimination has no place in society whether based on skin colour, religion, nationality, age, gender, sexual orientation, mental or physical capability.”
The Music Feeds Live concert is yet another fundraising event to come out of Everybody Belongs Here, and we look forward to seeing more in aid of deserving charities here in Manchester.
Music Feeds Live will take place at the O2 Apollo in Manchester on Tuesday 27 February 2024. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 15 December here.