Liverpool is getting ready to host a number of events as part of the nationwide Musicians Against Homelessness project.

Originator of the project Emma Rule and patron Alan McGee, formerly of Creation Records, are working with the charity Crisis.

Crisis Chief Executive Jon Sparkes said: “It’s amazing to see Liverpool and the surrounding areas putting on 7 Musicians Against Homelessness gigs. Huge thanks to all the bands taking part, and to everyone who goes along to enjoy the music. The money raised will be a great help in our mission to end homelessness.”

The project has high profile support from Shaun Ryder, Irvine Welsh, Libertines, Buzzcocks, Courtney Love Cobain, Black Grape and The Jesus and Mary Chain.

Alan McGee said: “I am delighted that bands of this calibre want to be part of this campaign. The support in the Liverpool area has been tremendous and inspiring and it’s fantastic to see so many come forward to take part.”

The money raised by the initiative goes towards helping the homeless regain a roof over their heads and giving them the chance to move on with their lives.

There will be five events held across the city in September and October.

On September 23 the event at The Magnet will see sets by The Haze, Lying Bastards, Irene and The Disappointments, Fighting Caravans, Wild Fruit Art Collective, Ladies and a DJ set by Henry Pulp. The night starts at 7pm and there are more acts to be confirmed. With acts of such a high calibre, this should be a memorable evening.

The second event at the Magnet takes place on September 25th. Acts include Steve Thompson & The Incidents, Red Rum Club, Shakedown Stockholm, The Pages, The Lags, Priestley, The Undecided, Colour Pit with more acts still to be confirmed. The night features some of the finest new acts on the local scene and from across the country and starts at 3pm and, as usual costs £5 for a full afternoon and evening’s entertainment.

Steve Thompson said: “If you can help, you should help, it’s the backbone of a civilised society.”

Also at The Magnet on October 2, another superb line-up includes The Boston Shakers, The Soul Rays, Xander and The Peace Pirates, Kids on Bridges, LUMEN, Bathymetry, Indigo Moon, The Racket and Futurejack. Such a packed schedule means the event runs from 3.30pm, giving music fans hours of entertainment for only a fiver.

If you are nearer The Baltic Triangle on October 2, The Baltic Social hosts Fuss, Hicari, Aztex, Tweeting Jesus, LUNA, Lucas and King, Gazelle, Eleanor Nelly, Paige Leslie and Dusky Grey. This event starts at 3pm. Also costing £5, this is going to be well worth a visit.

District is the venue for a must-see event on October 1. Hosted by Membranes front man John Robb, it has a Q&A session featuring Alan McGee and Mick Clark with Carl Hunter of The Farm asking the questions. Music will be provided by Oranj Son, Youth Hostel, Weekend Wars, Alias Kid, Timo Tierney, Chris Grant, Ad Edwards, Texas Bob Juarez and a DJ set by Mick Clarke.

Alias Kid said: “We’re supporting MAH because every person in society matters.”

TexasBob Juarez said: “I can’t stress how important this cause is, it’s a national epidemic we have been in the grips of for far too long. Let’s come together all over the UK and change this for the kid’s future – a hopeful future.”

In addition to the Liverpool events, St Helens is hosting an event on September 17th at the Zoo Bar which starts at noon. The Boston Shakers make their first of two MAH Liverpool appearances and are joined by Scarlet, Vukovar, Graham Marshall, Museum of Backward Hats, The Fireflys, Titors Insignia, The Bordellos, The Loving Memory, Stillia, Bloch Eyot, Ambrose Chappel and The Pretty Pennys.

St Helens Event manager for the Zoo Bar, Michael Lindley said:  “We are supporting #MAH because we believe that having a safe place to sleep every night, It’s a human right, and we want to make sure by taking part in this great event we can help Crisis in achieving their goals.

“We’re proud to be supporting MAH and also raising funds following the tragic murder of doorman Danny Fox last week. We will also be raising money via a raffle & on the door ticket sales to add to the fund started by Dreem Bar to assist his mother with funeral arrangements and expenses.

Skelmersdale also provides an even packed with top class entertainment on September 24th starting at 3pm. Artists scheduled to play at the E Rooms event are Red Eyed Jedi, Young Mammoth, Honey Badger, Chasing Tides, Dead Circus, Ravellas, Paul McHale, Ste Ashcroft, Jacobi and Under The Sun, Over The Moon, with more acts to be confirmed. At only £3 on the door, this event is a great way to support the project.

E ROOMS Director Dave Beeston said “E ROOMS supports many charities but we are particularly pleased to be the only venue in Skelmersdale that is supporting Musicians Against Homelessness. We would like to thank all the artistes that have given the time and talent completely free of charge for this wonderful cause, and are looking forward to a great day of fabulous music.”

In addition to these events, legendary Liverpool band THE PIES are donating the money from every download of their song Gutter Club to Musicians Against Homelessness between now and October 9. The track is available for 79p at:  https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/best-of-pies/id1115951430.

THE PIES said: “So many great bands are coming together to support People in Crisis…. All over this city the amount of people living rough on the street is growing and we all know someone or have been someone who has been in this situation”, adding, “The PIES support this event because it’s important to raise awareness ….. Music seems to have that ability.”

View the posters for the events here

The Brink and Probe Records will be selling tickets for the five Liverpool MAH gigs.

The event at E ROOMS, Skelmersdale is pay on the door only.

Tickets available online from:

September 17 at Zoo Bar, St Helens:

http://www.wegottickets.com/event/363936

September 23 at The Magnet:

http://www.wegottickets.com/event/364509

September 25 at The Magnet:

http://www.wegottickets.com/event/364511

October 1 at District:

http://www.wegottickets.com/event/362704

October 2 at The Magnet:

http://www.wegottickets.com/event/364512

October 2 at The Baltic Social:

http://www.wegottickets.com/event/371850

Roxy Gillespie