Hartlepool’s popular music extravaganza, Music v Cancer (MvC), returns this month for its bi-annual, weekend-long live music show.
This year’s MvC music weekender will take place on the evenings of Friday 13th and Saturday 14th April at The Grand Hotel, Hartlepool. And the weekend, which is best known for bringing some of the biggest and best names in music to the town, will feature another fantastic line-up.
The now sold-out Friday gig will see live sets from singer-songwriter JJ Rosa, guitar and keyboard maestro Sonny, and the captivating Dawson Reeve.
The Saturday night sees things kick up a gear with Leeds’ very own band of brothers The Dunwells, multi-instrumentalist The PETEBOX, and vocalist Adam Taylor, with tickets going fast.
Founder of Music v Cancer, Tony Larkin, who set up the charity after being diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2009, said: “Music v Cancer is incredibly important to not only myself but to every single person that has helped support the charity and has been affected by the positive outcomes these events produce.
“Thanks need to go out to each and every musician and act that has helped to support Music V Cancer over the years; if it wasn’t for them giving their time to come and perform we wouldn’t have been able to help everyone we have helped over the past 8 years.”
Tony added: “When I first started the charity, I never imagined it would become as big and successful as it has today; it’s amazing to think of how far it has come in eight years.”
Past performers have included Turin Brakes, David McAlmont, The Magic Numbers, The Temperance Movement, The Blow Monkeys, Robbie Kavanagh and Nizlopi amongst many more.
As well as the line-up of live music, the night also sees the MvC memorabilia auction which is famous for having some of the most sought-after pieces of collectables and souvenirs from artists such as Ed Sheeran, Arctic Monkeys and this time around, signed items from the one and only Modfather, Paul Weller, who took time out to meet Tony whilst on tour at the Metro Arena.
Since its first event in April 2010, Music v Cancer has raised a total of £236,000 for the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust and vital awareness campaigns.
Tony said: “The nights also wouldn’t be plausible without the incredible businesses that have sponsored over the years and this weekender including Phoenix Steel, Merlin PCB, Ward Bros, Hart Biologicals, GPS Doors, Coast Kitchens, Gerald Shotton, ReActive Design, Total Recycling Services, Helios Eng, BSS, One IT and, in particular, UV-Guard Australia have been the crux that has allowed us to carry on.”
“I’m really proud in all we have achieved in that time in not only raising awareness but buying vital cancer detection equipment that helps our local community directly.”
One of the latest completed developments to come from the charity is University Hospital of Hartlepool’s brand-new Family Relaxation Room on the Chemotherapy Ward which was dedicated to the memory of Music v Cancer fundraiser Andy Brown who sadly passed in 2016.
“The refurbishment took three months to complete and cost just over £8,000, all of which came directly from the Music v Cancer gig in October 2016, which was held in memory of Andy.”
Our next project is to totally refurb the Chemotherapy Ward at the University Hospital of North Tees which will be a substantial investment but we hope to start the project in Q3 2018.
Music v Cancer is a not-for-profit charity and has held 26 live music events to date and has raised over £236,000 which goes towards cancer detection equipment for the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trusts.
For further information about Music v Cancer and the upcoming Music v Cancer weekender head to musicvcancer.com.