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MUSIC FEEDS POVERTY LIVE AT THE APOLLO

MUSIC FEEDS POVERTY! LIVE IN MANCHESTER- WHAT HAPPENED?

Stars from music and sport joined forces last night to put on a breathtaking evening of live music at Manchester Apollo. James guitarist Saul Davis has created a wonderful project ‘Music Feeds Poverty’ to raise money for those facing food poverty. After a successful launch during lockdown, the charity has now started to run gigs in major cities to not only raise money, but also awareness of this current issue.

Our hosts for the evening were two stars from the world of football, former Manchester United legend Gary Neville, and former Liverpool player Jamie Carragher. Ensuring there was no fisticuffs and keeping the peace between the former sporting rivals was the charismatic Radio 6 DJ Chris Hawkins.

The evening kicked off with The Reads, who describe themselves as ‘ambient-electro-folk-rock’ followed by Ellen Beth Abdi, Idol Giants, Rosellas, and a belting solo artist on the rise Tom A Smith.

The evening was cleverly curated to provide a variety of genres. The Slow Readers Club have built up a huge following over the past decade and I saw many audience members sporting T-Shirts ahead of their slot at half 8. The band put on a electrifying set and made quite an impression despite each band only being given three songs each.

Following on from the SRC was DJ Chicane, and at this point I must mention the outstanding Joe Duddell Orchestra which added so much to the evening and the sound was out of this world. The venue was the ideal venue to house so much talent and diverse music styles as it is one of the best when it comes to lighting and sound.

The Farm were on next and again with the Orchestra providing the backing along with the band ‘All Together Now’ was a spine tingling moment when the audience all joined in. Starsailor were the penultimate act of the evening with lead singer James Walsh kicking off the set with a solo before inviting the band onto the stage.

The evening’s headliners were introduced next and the audience were already shouting out requests as Tim Booth, Jim Glennie, Andy Diagram and of course Saul took to the stage. It would not be a proper Manchester reunion with the Queen of the city herself Rowetta, who joined the band on two tracks with her powerful vocals.

The band played their way through a number of fan favourites but the highlight was most definitely ‘Laid’ which started off slow but when the drums kicked on the crowd went through the roof. Such a magnificent ending to an incredible evening and I must mention Sarah and Jon of Rhodes media who helped to organise the event. This dynamic duo are behind so many wonderful events and you can check out more of their exciting projects below!

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