This Monday marks the 40th anniversary of the death of Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis – in a special evening of celebration, Headstock will be taking over the United We Stream Greater Manchester platform. From 8pm, there will be music and conversation to remember the life and legacy of Curtis featuring former bandmates New Order’s Bernard Sumner and Stephen Morris. There will be performances from Elbow, LoneLady, The Lottery Winners and Kodaline, as well as appearances from Maxine Peake and The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers.
‘Moving Through The Silence’ was curated to mark Curtis’ death, as well as the start of Mental Health Week – both of which fall on 18 May. The event is free to view on the official website – however donations are encouraged and proceeds will be going to Manchester Mind charity. This event is presented by music and mental wellbeing festival Headstock and DJ/writer Dave Haslam with United We Stream. Head to the Facebook event for more details.
Everyone has been affected by the pandemic and American rock band All Time Low are giving back to their touring crew with this livestream event. I’m With The Crew will be a special acoustic performance from the band available to watch live-streamed. You can catch this from 6pm on Friday 22 May – over on the website. Tickets are $10 and every dollar will be going to their crew who work so hard behind the scenes of every ATL show. Check the Facebook event page for more details.
Glamour Magazine bring you Lockdown Live – a virtual day festival with an bumper line-up. On Friday 22 May – you can catch performances from Ellie Goulding and Jesse Ware, plus quizzes, cooking with Gizzi Erskine, chats, beauty tutorials and loads more. Split into two sessions: morning (10am-2pm) and afternoon (4pm-8pm) – this event will be available to view via Zoom. Tickets are £5 per session and money will be going towards Women’s Aid, Place 2Be and the food bank charity The Felix Project. Head here for more info on the event and to purchase your tickets.
Gigs and festivals may be a no-go at the moment, but BBC Radio 1 weren’t about to let lockdown get in the way of kick starting your summer with a real musical fix. The famous Radio 1 Big Weekend will go ahead for 2020, but for the first time it’ll will take place online. Across the Bank Holiday weekend (Fri 22-Sun 24 May), Big Weekend will bring all the festival feels that you’re craving with over 50 new live sets recorded by artists from their own homes.
Performances will take place across 5 virtual stages: the Radio 1 Stage, the Radio 1 Dance Stage, the Headliner Stage, the 1Xtra Stage and the BBC Music Introducing Stage. With Sam Smith, Rita Ora, Biffy Clyro and Anne Marie among the line-up – there will also be chance to catch some of the most memorable performances from Big Weekends gone by via Radio 1, BBC Sounds and to watch on BBC iPlayer. Head to the official Big Weekend website here for more details and keep an eye out for times as they are still to be announced.
This coming Bank Holiday Sunday, Made In Manchester Festival present an incredible acoustic line-up. From noon to 10pm – in the comfort of your own home, you can catch performances from some amazing local talent with Acoustic Lockdown Live ‘Best Of The North West’. Those set to perform include – The Jade Assembly, Jordan Allen, Ryan Jarvis, Freeda, Ambiere, Our Fold and loads more. Brought to you by XS Manchester and available to view via Beatstream Box Office – tickets are a fiver and proceeds go to NHS Frontline caring for Covid-19 patients. Head to the event link for more info and to purchase tickets.
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