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Stellar line-up as Stalybridge set to ‘Rock the Food Bank’
Thursday 24th January 2019 @ 11:31 by Tom Greggan
Community News Stalybridge Tameside

A stellar line-up of local bands will take part in a charity concert in Stalybridge later this month.

Manchester alt-pop act Dantevilles headline an exciting night of live music, which also features Mossley trio Afghan Sand Gang.

Rizzy, an artist familiar to the Ashton music scene, will open the night, with Oceans on Mars, The Mallisons, Good for Gordon, Plain Navy and an acoustic set from The Navettes completing the line-up.

It’s all in aid of the Tameside East food bank, and organiser Sam Gosling has been delighted with the response.

The Stalybridge North councillor said: “This was supposed to be a small event with a few local bands. As soon as I started approaching bands, I was really surprised by the amount who said ‘yes’. The response has been fantastic and I hope we raise a lot of money.

Mossley’s Afghan Sand Gang are part of a fantastic line-up hoping to raise money for Tameside East Food Bank.

“Dantevilles are getting quite a big buzz around Manchester. They’re playing at venues like Deaf Institute, Jimmy’s, Gullivers and that kind of scene. I was quite surprised when they said ‘yes’ but it was great!

“Afghan Sand Gang might have a strange name but they’re a great band and they’re from Mossley. They played at the Ritz a few weeks ago, and they’ve played at Gorilla with The Blinders. Oceans on Mars, The Mallisons and Good for Gordon are all young, upcoming indie bands.

“The Navettes are a great band. Unfortunately, they can’t bring the full band but they’re playing an acoustic set. Plain Navy have headlined Manchester Academy’s ‘Young Indie Festival’. The line-up is ridiculous. I really didn’t think we’d get this many.”

Tickets for Rock the Food Bank cost just £10 – a great price to see eight live bands – with all the money raised from sales going to Tameside East food bank, minus a small charge for the PA.

Cllr Gosling added: “At the moment, we’ve got the bands sorted, the poster sorted and the promotion sorted, which is great, but now I just need people to buy the tickets! The Labour Club won’t lose anything because all the bands are playing for free but the food bank will. I know it’s that time of year where people are struggling financially but if you can spare £10 for this, it’s going to a great cause.”

Rock the Food Bank takes place from 6pm-12am on Friday January 25th at the New Stalybridge Labour Club. Tickets cost just £10, which you can buy on the door or at www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Stockport/The-New-Stalybridge-Labour-Club/Rock-The-Food-bank/13445716.