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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

 

Photo Credit: Lorraine Goddard