UPDATE: YOU CAN NOW LISTEN TO THE FULL INTERVIEW WITH VINI REILLY BY DAVE HASLAM HERE:
This event, being held in the historic surroundings of Manchester Town Hall on Sun, March 3rd, marks the final days of sale for the ‘Thirty One Songs’ album released in February 2012 with the ultimate aim of raising over £30k for CALM. Thirty One Songs project, both created and curated by Esther O’Callaghan and Danny Keehan of Factory Foundation, has been a remarkable campaign from start to finish, and something that CALM are very honoured to have been involved with. Among the artists featured on the brilliant double album are Elbow, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Everything Everything, I Am Kloot, Delphic, JP Cooper and Durutti Column. Copies of the album will be on sale at the Town Hall on the night, one of your last chances to grab a copy.
The centrepiece of the evening will be a live onstage interview with Vini Reilly who made his name in Durutti Column, was managed Tony Wilson, and became the first signing to the legendary Factory Records in 1978. Vini has worked and recorded alongside the likes of Morrissey and John Cooper Clarke. He’ll be in conversation with author and Hacienda stalwart, Dave Haslam.
Special guests include John Bramwell (I Am Kloot) will be performing a short set of acoustic songs. This exclusive Town Hall event comes in the wake of I Am Kloot’s two sell-out gigs at the Ritz in Manchester. JP Cooper will also be appearing.
Vini Reilly has suffered several minor strokes in recent years and has been unable to perform, but the finale to the night will be his first public performance for eighteen months when he will play one exclusive, previously unrecorded and unreleased song.
Expect an emotional evening, with high quality guests and amazing live music. All proceeds to the event will go to CALM.