"I’m proud to be an ambassador for this fabulous organisation – but there’s no longer the luxury of time to sit back. I encourage the UK to get right behind this and support Musicians Against Homelessness in any way that you can."
“Hopefully this project will give a lot of new bands a chance to play and to exist in a place where they can all shine on.”
“I’m right behind MAH and thoroughly support what they’re doing” “It’s wrong that so many people are sleeping on the streets, or are close to being homeless.”
“Once you slip beneath the radar, it’s so hard to regain a foothold and so easy to find yourself living rough and becoming another anonymous casualty sleeping on the streets. It’s a massive modern problem and one we can’t just step over and ignore. That is why we’re supporting Musician Against Homelessness, to try and highlight the issue through music and try and raise awareness about the situation.”
John Power, Cast
Musicians Against Homelessness today launch their 2018 campaign – the biggest to date.
The grass roots rock music movement, which has already raised more than £100,000 for homelessness charities, will run two months of fund-raising gigs later this year.
They have also hooked up with Foodies Festival – the UK’s most prestigious food and drink fest – and with the popular football tournament Celeb Soccer Six.
In addition, rock legends James have recorded an exclusive video of their hit ‘Sit Down’ to show support and raise awareness and funds for the cause.
The brilliant new version was filmed in December with composer Joe Duddell and a string quartet at the Albert Hall, Manchester.
Tim Booth said: Sit down is a song about empathy so we are really honoured and happy that this beautiful version, arranged by Joe Duddell , is being used to raise money for the homeless. We seem to be living in times of increasing inequality where all the safety nets that my generation took for granted have been taken away. I don't know how a person can hold their life together if they don't have a home, a cave, someplace safe they can call their own. It is too easy for us to look the other way. Thank you to the kind souls who are running this charitable organisation for not doing so.
Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh, the latest big name to become an MAH ambassador, said: “Homelessness has gone from being the dominant issue in our society to an unfolding crisis and national disaster.
“I’m proud to be an ambassador for this fabulous organisation – but there’s no longer the luxury of time to sit back. I encourage the UK to get right behind this and support Musicians Against Homelessness in any way that you can.”
This year's campaign includes:
* Two months of gigs this Autumn. MAH are appealing for people to join their ever-growing team of event managers and venues to put on gigs in every village, town and city throughout September and October. Every genre of music is encouraged from rock, punk, choirs, jazz, grime,classical, and indie and every type of venue is relevant.
*MAH will have stages at all of this year's Foodies events. Headline acts The Hoosiers, Toploader and Dodgy will be joined by more than 300 bands at festivals in Brighton, Bristol, London, Birmingham, Cheshire, Edinburgh and Oxford.
*Celeb Soccer Six kick off their 2018 events supporting the project with a star-studded football tournament and live music stage on 29th April at Mile End Stadium, London.
*Lindisfarne Festival is supporting the cause and will also feature an MAH acoustic stage showcasing up-coming talent.
*Star Shaped Club, champions of the Brit Pop era, will partner MAH with festivals in the Autumn featuring Ocean Colour Scene, Black Grape and more.
Other associations and partnerships will be announced soon.
MAH patron Alan McGee said: “Since we launched this project in 2016 I’ve been shocked to see the numbers of homeless on our streets rapidly increasing.
“We’re living in an inhumane society where suffering is common place and solutions are not forthcoming. Thousands and thousands of people are homeless or living in abject poverty. We can't ignore this and hope that it goes away or fixes itself.
“It’s a sad indictment of society that we’ve become so desensitised that so many will just walk past people who are literally dying on our streets. These people don’t have a place, or a voice.”
Co-founder Emma Rule added: “Musicians Against Homelessness was not set up to just shake buckets or play on sympathy, it was born of an idea to bring together thousands of musicians and music lovers to promote and support the cause through shared interests and talents.
“Our aim was to keep the subject in the news. We’re proud to support Crisis and Simon Community Northern Ireland in their work to end homelessness, for good.”
More than 1,000 bands have played around 250 gigs for MAH since it launched.
Jon Sparkes, chief executive of Crisis commented: “We’re delighted to be continuing our partnership with Musicians Against Homelessness this year. The work the MAH volunteers have done since the project started has been truly inspirational, raising vital funds that have helped us continue our work to end homelessness across the country. We’re incredibly grateful for their support, and to all of the volunteers, musicians and bands who have dedicated their time to the cause. Now more than ever, we need to shine a light on the issue of homelessness and come together to end it for good, because everyone should have a place to call home.”
MAH is run by volunteers, not for profit with every penny going into homeless services. Since launching, MAH is set to be the biggest musicians-led campaign operating exclusively in the UK since Rock Against Racism in the 70’s.
Big names including Russell Brand, Shaun Ryder, Liam Gallagher, Cast and the Buzzcocks have previously publicly backed the campaign.
To stay up to date with news and to find out about running an event in September or October in your area, or to apply to perform, visit the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/mahgigs/
James ask that the public support MAH with a text donate to Crisis, details can be found on their video
#MAH2018 officially launches and opens for application to event manage, host and play on the 5th March. In the mean time please like and follow our Facebook page for frequent updates and opportunities to play one of our festival stages this year.
With your help since launching in 2016 Musicians Against Homelessness have put on almost 250 gigs and mini festivals in local pubs, music venues and community spaces featuring around 1000 fantastic bands and artists who've performed across the UK. We’re extremely pleased and proud to have raised £100,000 to date for homeless services.
Musicians Against Homelessness launch #RoyalBeddingDay of fundraising gigs to coincide with the Royal Wedding Day on 19th May. Please see our pinned post on Facebook for details to hold an event. Associated press: NME, The Times, Daily Record
The mighty Soccer Six celebrity tournament announce support for Musicians Against Homelessness with a series of football and music festivals. First event of the season Mile End Stadium London April 29th - featuring celebs from football, music and TV plus headline artists performing on the live music stage. For details and opportunities to play visit our Facebook page and Soccer Six on Twitter @SoccerSix
Foodies Festival the biggest food, drink and wellbeing festival in the UK announce support and partnership with Musicians Against Homelessness. The MAH main stages will see well loved headliners and 100s of talented up-coming bands and artists perform across 14 days/night at 7 festivals in Brighton, Bristol, London, Birmingham, Cheshire , Edinburgh and Oxford. Please visit Foodies Festival for more information and ticket details. To apply to play a festival in your region please contact email firstname.lastname@example.org stating in the subject line region/Foodies and include a short bio plus link to recent track and social sites.
Musicians Against Homelessness (MAH) launch their 2017 campaign to raise money for the homeless charity Crisis in England, Scotland and Wales and Simon Community in Northern Ireland.
Rock and pop stars including Shaun Ryder and Cast are backing the cause which looks set to have an even bigger impact this year.
Former Oasis guru Alan McGee launched the campaign in 2016.
It was publicly supported by celebrities such as Lilly Allen, Liam Gallagher and Irvine Welsh.
Over 500 bands played over one hundred MAH benefit gigs around the UK.
But McGee expects even more bands and household names to get behind this year’s drive which coincides with the 50th anniversary of Crisis.
He said: “Last year the response was incredible but more people know about us now. We are getting people talking and taking action on homelessness in the best way we know how, through music and community. This problem will not go away. Statistics show a significant rise in the people sleeping rough on British streets – 4134 in January in England alone – which is an absolute disgrace.”
The initial MAH gigs last September and October saw local bands raise much needed funds in England, Scotland and Wales, attracting national media coverage and rock press backing.
This year, the campaign is expanding by teaming up with Simon Community Northern Ireland.
Chief executive Jim Dennison said: “We are thrilled to be working with Musicians Against Homelessness to raise awareness of homelessness in Northern Ireland.
Jon Sparkes, Chief Executive of Crisis, said: “I’m delighted that Musicians Against Homelessness will be supporting Crisis again this year with what promises to be an even bigger and better programme of gigs and events in the Autumn.
“Homelessness remains an unsolved problem across the UK, so your help and support in what will be our 50th year, is much needed, and greatly appreciated.”
*To apply to play, host or organise a MAH gig visit Musicians Against Homelessness on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/mahgigs/
Photo Credit: Lorraine Goddard