Music v Cancer event tickets selling at record speed

FIGHTING BACK: Music v Cancer founder Tony Larkin
FIGHTING BACK: Music v Cancer founder Tony Larkin

TICKETS for a two-night charity music event to be held in Hartlepool next month are selling at record speed.

North East charity Music v Cancer is hosting its third weekender event to raise money for the fight against cancer.

The charity was started by Hartlepool man Tony Larkin, who was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2009.

Tony said: “There’s been such a rush for tickets since they went on sale and Saturday night has now completely sold out.

“If people still want tickets they should get in quick, there’s only around 40 places left for Friday night.

“We are thrilled with the line-ups, there’s always an amazing atmosphere at these events and as always we have our popular music memorabilia auctions which will be taking place on both nights.”

The event will be held at Hartlepool’s Grand Hotel, on Swainson Street, on April 10 and 11.

The Friday night will see performances from JJ Rosa, Fiona Bevan and Tristan Mackay, while Saturday sees The Magic Numbers, Goldheart Assembly, Michele Stodart and Jamie Beau taking to the stage.

Pianist and BBC presenter Jools Holland is official patron of Music v Cancer, and more than £150,000 has been raised since the charity’s foundation six years ago.

The money has gone towards supporting health professionals at the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust to detect the early signs of cancers, particularly bowel cancer.

Last year, the charity donated £36,000 to the Trust to purchase two bladder cancer probes to detect the disease more quickly.

Tony added: “Nothing beats the feeling of reaching a milestone and securing another piece of equipment which can help save lives.

“Bowel cancer is the second biggest cancer killer in the UK with statistics revealing Hartlepool as the town with the highest death-rate linked with the disease.”

Local businesses such as Phoenix Steel, Gowler Special Projects, Total Recycling, Merlin Flex-Ability and Coast Kitchens have all supported the charity by sponsoring events.

Tickets for the event are priced at £15 and are available by visiting or by calling the Grand Hotel on (01429) 266345.