The £10 Challenge – Enjoy great music, whilst making a difference!

By Karl Dyer

This weekend why not give a little something to a good cause whilst treating yourself to a whole host of up and coming musical talent in the heart of Manchester’s buzzing Northern Quarter.

This Sunday, Indie Rocks! will host yet another of their successful festivals at Gullivers on Oldham Street.

This time the festival is to raise funds for a mobile CT Scanner Critical Care Department at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital after Indie Rocks! presenter Janine Brown heard about the case of Adam McQuillan.

Adam was tragically hit by a car in September last year and was in a coma until December but has fought back and now Indie Rocks! are hoping to raise enough cash so accidents like this can be dealt with in a quicker and more effective way from now on.

From 3pm until late on Sunday, music fans can witness nineteen acts across two stages in the small yet intimate venue that’s become renowned as one of the places to be for alternative music in Manchester.

An eclectic mix of bands and artists will take to both the main stage upstairs and an acoustic stage downstairs – including Manchester-based rockers Missed You At The Show.

There’s no entrance fee but of course, if you have a single ounce of self-respect or dignity, you’ll contribute to the cause by chucking a few quid in the various donation buckets that will be scattered around the venue.

You’re sure to have a fair chunk of your ten pound budget left. You can do what most people will more than likely do – get on the booze and see your money waste away on a single drink.

If this is your cup of tea then either stick to Gullivers or just a stone’s throw away is The Castle Hotel – essentially a working man’s club, library and your gran’s living room all rolled into one.

It also has a cracking juke box, so if you’re fed up of those pesky youths making weird noises across the road, you can pop on some Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen or the dulcet tones of Joy Division to soothe your ears.

If boozing’s not your cup of tea you can take a stroll down Oldham Street and pop into The Koffee Pot just off Stevenson Square. It’s a great little cafè that serves up real British food, none better than in the form of a greasy fry-up to warm your insides.

This can be enjoyed as part of your Brownie-points-winning Sunday or alternatively as a hangover cure the next morning.

For more information on the Indie Rocks! head over to

Fin more about Manchester Children’s Critical Care Fund at


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