Bands join Music v Cancer event at Hartlepool’s Grand Hotel

Music V Cancer co-founder Tony Larkin is looking forward to October's event in Hartlepool
Music V Cancer co-founder Tony Larkin is looking forward to October's event in Hartlepool

TICKETS have gone on sale for what is sure to be a memorable weekend of live music.

Hartlepool’s Grand Hotel will play host to the Music v Cancer Big Weekender when a host of popular artists will take centre stage.

Music v Cancer was set up by Hartlepool man Tony Larkin to raise money and awareness of bowel cancer.

Tony was given the all-clear after he was diagnosed with the disease in 2009.

The Grand Hotel will be bouncing to the sounds of live music on Friday, October 4, and Saturday, October 5.

It follows a similar event in April which was a massive success raising £8,000 for the charity and tipping its total amount raised to over £100,000 in just three years.

Mr Larkin, said: “The gigs were completely packed to the rafters and we have no doubt we will be seeing the same again this time.

“Tickets sold out so quickly last time and with the variety of acts we have in October, people need to act fast.”

The line-up includes Nizlopi, who had a UK number one with the JCB Song in 2005, on the Friday night alongside Tristan Mackay, Gary Stewart and The Tin Foil Collective and Dan Cook.

Saturday will see performances from Black (Wonderful Life) and Robert Vincent, as well as the return of 80s sensations The Blow Monkeys.

Tony added: “October is only going to be bigger and better and we want to encourage music lovers from all different eras and genres to come along and listen to something different.

“We are so grateful for all of the support our sponsors and fundraisers have given us across the years. Without this support we would never be able to pull off an event of this size.”

The money Music v Cancer supports local NHS cancer services and has paid for an ultrasound machine designed to detect the early signs of bowel cancer.

Bowel cancer is the second biggest cancer killer in the UK and a previous report revealed Hartlepool is the town with the highest death-rate linked with the disease, in the country.

A host of businesses are sponsoring October’s event including Total Recycling Services, Attco, Van Dalen Phoenix Steel, Gowler Project Services and Merlin Flex-ability.

Tickets cost £15 per night and are available from The Grand Hotel, Swainson Street, Hartlepool or by calling (01429) 266345.