This coming Saturday, March 30th Manchester plays host to a multi-venue event in aid of Manchester Mind (the not-for-profit based charity for Mental Health). All profits go straight back to Manchester Mind. The festival will be sited over three different venues in Manchester’s eclectic Northern Quarter including Night and Day, Jimmy’s and the Whiskey Jar and includes a great line-up of bands. These include amongst others: Liam Frost, The Longcut, Velvet Shakes, Cold Water Swimmers, Polar States, Space Monkeys and Deja Vega. Also, there’ll be DJ sets from Rhodri Parry, Dean Fagan, BBC Music Introducing’s Ryan Paul and many more.
YANA organiser and former Sound Control organiser Ben Taylor stated: “Mental Health is such a huge issue and has played a big part of my life, I’ve lost many friends and had my own problems. I wanted to do something for Manchester, raise awareness and much-needed funds for the non-profit charity Manchester Mind, who do an incredible job. The response has been incredible, we’re really looking forward to a great day of music for the City. You are not alone.”
In light of the recent tragic suicide of Keith Flint of the Prodigy the festival highlights, even more, the crucial need for support services out there for anyone in distress. Manchester MIND, who are part of the national charity MIND offer a range of services including Peer Support, Advice on benefits and YASP, a service for young people aged 15 – 25. They can be contacted on 0161 769 5732.
Up and coming new Manchester band Scuttlers who have just released their debut single Lies In The Sky are also playing. They said: “With suicide being the single biggest killer in young men, charities like MIND need all the help they can get. …… Scuttlers are proud to be involved in such a beautiful event. It’ll be a proud day for the greatest city in the world”.
The event kicks off at 12.00 till late. There will be an after-show party at Jimmy’s 11 pm – late with DJ sets from Sports Team, Jordan Allen and more.
The festival is now fully sold out.