This Christmas, Paul and Jacqui are teaming up with Trade Unionists to provide a little bit of help for those who make our world a better place. People who go that extra yard in hard times; people who campaign for change, people who are not bullied into silence by austerity and hardships. People who stand up to bullies.

On 12th December 2014, Paul and Jacqui will perform at Manchester Academy 2 along with Golinski Brothers and The Lottery Winners.

We are asking that people who attend the gig bring along a non-perishable food item that we can then give to the Food Banks to distribute at Christmas. A bag of rice, a tin of beans, some toothpaste a deodorant- simple things that people need but are finding it hard to provide for themselves or their families as the Tory government and their allies cut further into the working class by cutting jobs and benefits to help provide tax cuts to their mates.

The monies raised will go to education and campaign projects that fight racism, to help and educate people most vulnerable.

Tickets are £20 and can be booked here:

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Golinski Brothers

Surfing the New Wave of the late seventies, Golinski Brothers were part of the deeply ironic PunkBrighton scene. Blending soul sax riffs with punk sensibilities, reggae seasoning, a dash of power pop and thirties cabaret, plus anything else bright and shiny they found lying around and fancied, Golinski Brothers played support to Clash, whose singer, Joe Strummer, described them as 'the Amen Corner of the Eighties'.

John Peel, another ardent admirer, described their best known recording, Bloody, as being '...the best record in the world...' and proclaimed that '...people have been awarded the OBE for less, a lot less”.

Film historian and news curator Luke McKernan asked of the opening lines of the song -
'I wanna go where they've never seen snow.
Send my giro to Cairo'
'Has there ever been, in the entire history of popular music, a finer opening to a song lyric?'.

Veterans of many Rock Against Racism and Anti-Nazi League gigs, the six piece band are now embarking on their farewell tour, and the set at Academy 2 is likely to be their last ever live performance.

   

The Lottery Winners

Born in Salford and raised on romance, The Lottery Winners can be found at the exact midpoint between the North West’s dual musical Meccas of Manchester and Liverpool. Though Liverpool and Manchester have claimed many a legendary artist as their own, more often than not they hailed from somewhere betwixt the two, somewhere beneath Blake’s ‘dark satanic mills’, somewhere in Lancashire, somewhere called Leigh. The birthplace of Georgie Fame and the Buzzcocks’ Pete Shelley, Leigh has done it again, spawning the best live band to emerge from the North-West in a generation:The Lottery Winners.

The indie- pop quartet blend momentous melodies with wistful and insightful lyrics,“The songs are the most important thing in the world to me,” remarks Thomas Rylance, frontman and songwriting force of the band, “if they’re ever even a tiny fraction as important to other people, I’ll die a very happy man.”

“I grew up listening to a lot of eighties bands,” he adds, “bands like Aztec Camera, Orange Juice, The Housemartins, Blondie, Tears for Fears and New Order, but the ones that were always particularly close to my heart were the Smiths, The Cure and Joy Division, you know, all of the painfully miserable ones, but, if I have to be entirely honest, the reason I wanted to be on stage? That was Freddie Mercury’s fault.”

Although the band have played extensively live, supporting the likes of The Futureheads, Jamie Cullum, The Charlatans and The Enemy, building up a loyal family of fans in the process, they’ve kept studio releases to a minimum. A very limited edition debut EP, Somebody Loved You, was released in April 2013 and those lucky enough to get their hands on a copy were rewarded with five nuggets of perfectly formed singalong gold, every lyric and guitar hook lovingly crafted with microscopic precision.

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