Andy Burnham and Steve Rotheram gear up for a third charity DJ showdown

Andy Burnham is set to once again go head-to-head with Steve Rotheram in a charity DJ battle next year.

The Greater Manchester mayor will face off against his Liverpool City Region counterpart on 2 February 2024 at Liverpool’s Camp and Furnace.

It will be the third instalment of the disc-spinning battle between the two, and comes after the hugely successful December 2022 showdown in Manchester, which raised over £25,000 for local charities.

Last year’s participants included Everton legend and former Manchester City manager Peter Reid, as well as the Shadow Deputy Prime Minister and MP for Ashton Angela Rayner.

The Stockport native’s dance moves went viral last time out, and visitors this year will be hoping to see some more famous faces strutting their stuff.

ANGELA RAY-VER? The Ashton MP made headlines last year dancing to Set You Free by Oldham’s N-Trance.

Burnham said: “I was so proud of what we achieved with our DJ battle last year, using the power of music and friendly rivalry to unite behind one powerful message, that homelessness has no place in Greater Manchester.”

Rotheram, meanwhile, said: “We were absolutely blown away by the support and generosity of everyone who got behind last year’s DJ battle and donated to such a cause that’s very close to all our hearts.”

The night’s proceeds will be split between the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity and the Community Foundations for Merseyside and Lancashire.

In Greater Manchester, the money will support the Mayor’s Charity’s A Bed Every Night programme, which provides emergency support to rough sleepers in the region and has helped nearly 6,000 people since 2020.

Tim Heatley, Chair of the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity, said: “Music has the power to unite communities and these head-to-heads have shown the willingness of music-lovers to put their hand in their pockets, support a worthy cause and have a great night in city the while doing so.”

People have been urged to keep an eye on the charities’ and the Mayors’ social media accounts to get their hands on tickets, which will be released soon.

Feature Image from Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity

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