• Liam Machin

Liverpool Band Aid and Raising Money for the Homeless

As we enter the final sprint to Christmas, this year's festivities will certainly be a bit different (anyone know the COVID guidelines for carol singers yet?)


Whilst it’s easy to get caught up in the madness of 2020, a new collaborative project led by two members of The Mersey Beatles is looking to rekindle the true meaning of Christmas with a Liverpudlian take on a classic...


Tony Cook, one of the directors of the project, said the concept came about following a dream he had in the Summer of lockdown.


“I thought about this dream I had for a few days and wanted to develop it into an idea where we can all do something online for Christmas and give back to the people who might have been forgotten about this year.


“We decided to record a Christmas song with a complementary video involving many musicians and singers from Merseyside who have all been affected themselves by the situation this year which has devastated our industry.


"Without the usual activities, the crammed bars and the open mic nights it would be easy to lose the Christmas cheer."


However, music is a rare feature of that life can bring people together and he hopes that Liverpool Band Aid can help “lift the spirits of everyone as much as possible.”


“Liverpool has always been synonymous with how music has influenced so many other artists and bands over the last few decades.


“If this single can give everyone in Liverpool and even those around the country a bit of a lift at Christmas, as well as raising money for a worthy cause, it will have been a success.”


As the city turned into a “ghost town” back in March, Cook said the realisation hit him that the normal support avenues might not be available which triggered his decision to raise money for the housing charity Shelter.


The video features individual lines sung by over 70 musicians, with a ‘socially-distanced’ chorus performed on the main stage at Liverpool Grand Central.


Calan Nickle, lead singer of Sienne, one of the bands involved with the project, praised both Cook and co-director Brian Ambrose for their determination in bringing this all together.


“It’s an honour for us to be involved, it was a real pleasure to be part of such an iconic song and it’s sounding so good!


“The first thing we were informed of when we were invited was the charities involved and it really is a brilliant cause, it’s massively important to help the homeless in the UK especially during this horrible time.”


As for Christmas number one?


“The dream for many artists would be to have a Christmas topping single. I’m quietly confident that if we can get the whole city and country behind it, we have a great chance,” said Cook.


“We’ll keep our fingers crossed that it will do well but ultimately, we want to raise money and awareness for such a worthy cause, that’s the goal.


The single is set to be released on December 10th, pre save it here and keep up to date on news of the music video on Liverpool Band Aid’s socials.


Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/bandaidliverpool/

Twitter - https://twitter.com/bandaidlpool

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/bandaidliverpool/

Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBje-QWCOdw0jpenVYEPBsQ

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