Happy Mondays singer Rowetta will be joining some of the city’s best music acts at an all-day fundraiser this weekend, to raise even more funds for Manchester Dogs’ Home.
Oxford Road hotspot, Sound Control, will be throwing open its doors on Sunday September 21 and organisers have vowed every penny made will go straight to the centre.
Over £1million has already been raised following the devastating blaze that tore through the kennels last week and left up to 60 animals dead.
Rowetta, told MM: “I’m really looking forward to the gig because I’m a big dog lover and I was a patron of Manchester Dogs’ Home for a bit. I’ve visited quite a lot and the work they do there is amazing.
“I still can’t believe what happened, the thought of a dog crying is just heartbreaking to me, so I’m really glad I can do something to help this weekend. Everybody knows how much I love dogs so I said yes straight away.
“I love Manchester so the fact that it’s happened in our city is just horrible but the way people have rallied around has just been amazing.”
POOCHES AT PRIDE: Rowetta took her dogs on stage performing at the Big Weekend
Other acts on the bill include Danny Mahon, The Backhanders, Dirty North, The Red Paintings, Ryan Jarvis and Tom Hingley and XFM DJ’s Clint Boon and Gareth Brookes will be taking to the decks to entertain punters.
Rowetta revealed: “I’m going to have some special guests with me hopefully I’ve been texting round trying to see who’s available. Let’s just say it won’t just be me on stage.
“It’s only £5 to get in and it really is such a great course, nobody is making a profit and there are some really great acts on.“
All music acts and members of staff will be giving their time for free at the all-day event which kicks off at 2pm.
HOW COULD YOU RUFF-USE: All profits go directly to the Dogs’ home
Event manager Ben Taylor told MM: “We’ve been overwhelmed by the response we’ve had and loads of artists were keen to get on board and play so it’s now gone from a one floor event, to two, as interest was so big.
“All my bar staff, security, sound and lighting engineers and designers have all agreed to work for free, as have all the artists appearing on the day. Everyone has really pulled together, which is great.
“We’ve received some amazing prizes too which will be up for grabs in the raffle including bowling tickets, meals, haircuts and dog pampering sessions. All raffle tickets will be on sale on the day for 50p. And again, all the money raised will go straight to the home.”
Other prizes up for grabs include a full season pass to this year’s Warehouse Project, a year’s pass to Bassface and Peep Show and full weekend tickets to Kendal Calling.
Tickets are £5 in advance and £10 on the door. For more information visit: www.soundcontrolmanchester.co.