British singer-songwriter Morrissey has just announced a major UK and Ireland tour starting this September, that will see the former The Smiths member play a special one-off show in Manchester.
Born right here in in Manchester, Morrissey is of Irish parents and, specifically, Dublin lineage, He was the singer and lyricist of The Smiths for 6 years, before moving into a new career as a successful solo artist for the past 35 years.
In 1994 his album “Your Arsenal” was Grammy-nominated, and his songs have been covered by big names including David Bowie, Nancy Sinatra, the Killers, Marianne Faithfull, Chrissie Hynde, My Chemical Romance, Thelma Houston and Christy Moore.
The new tour will bring him to the Manchester Apollo for one night in October, as well as including two London dates at The Palladium and O2 Academy Brixton, and further dates in Blackpool, Glasgow, Birmingham, Stockton, Killarney and Brighton.
Morrissey has enjoyed 16 albums in the UK Top Ten, plus 9 Top Ten albums with his former group The Smiths, of which Morrissey was a founder member. In the U.S., Morrissey has had two Top Ten albums, and eight Top 20 albums.
In 1991, he broke The Beatles’ record for selling out the Hollywood Bowl, and in 2006 he was voted the second Greatest Living British Icon by BBC viewers, with Sir David Attenborough first and Sir Paul McCartney third.
In 2012, he was awarded the Keys to the City of Tel Aviv, and in 2013 Penguin Classics published Morrissey Autobiography, which became the second fastest-selling autobiography in British history.
The book spent six weeks at number 1, five weeks at number 2, four weeks at number 3, and is a continuing British best seller.
Sat 24 Sep 2022 Killarney INEC Arena Wed 28 Sep 2022 Blackpool Opera House Fri 30 Sep 2022 Doncaster Dome Sun 02 Oct 2022 Glasgow SEC Armadillo Tue 04 Oct 2022 Manchester O2 Apollo Wed 05 Oct 2022 Birmingham O2 Academy Fri 07 Oct 2022 Stockton Globe Sun 09 Oct 2022 The London Palladium Tue 11 Oct 2022 London O2 Academy Brixton Fri 14 Oct 2022 Brighton Centre
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Police arrest four men and shut down ‘incredibly dangerous’ cannabis farm in Salford
Police have shut down a suspected cannabis farm in Salford today, arresting four men.
Officers swooped on the property on Arthur Street in Swinton after finding evidence that the house was being used to grow cannabis plants.
The farm has been described as ‘incredibly dangerous’ to other occupants in the area.
Three rooms in the house were full of plants growing, with a huge amount of wiring surrounding them that posed a fire hazard.
The four men detained by Greater Manchester Police (GMP) Salford Neighbourhood Team were subsequently arrested on suspicion of involvement in the production and supply of cannabis and remain in police custody for questioning.
Sergeant Peter MacFarlane said: “Locating a cannabis farm is a great result for the team who are gathering intelligence and working hard to crackdown on drug-related crime across Salford.
“Farms of this nature are also incredibly dangerous to other occupants in the area. The building itself is still being made safe due to the amount of wiring around the plants. Criminals running these types of enterprises have no regard for public safety and in these conditions, an electrical fault from bad wiring could easily start a fire and endanger lives.
“The arrests and seizures then go someway towards disrupting the supply of illegal drugs and the criminality that comes with it, and will also make our communities safer.
“This operation was intelligence led and a huge part of our intelligence comes from members of the public sharing information with us. If you have suspicions about a crime taking place please report it so we can take positive action and bring those responsible to justice.”
You can make a report by calling 101 or 999 in an emergency. You can also report via the LiveChat function on GMP’s website: www.gmp.police.uk
Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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‘Groundbreaking’ new app to help get homeless people into work launches in Manchester
Homeless families across Manchester are set to benefit from a “groundbreaking” new service that gives them access to employment support.
With the ultimate aim of helping homeless people move out of temporary accommodation and into their own homes, Manchester City Council has announced a new pilot partnership with Beam – a social enterprise that fundraises on behalf of homeless people and connects them with a supportive online community.
Through Beam’s “innovative” app-based platform, homeless people can raise money for items that often end up being financial obstacles to them moving into a permanent home, whether than be funding equipment or training to help them secure stable and financially-viable employment, or towards a rental deposit, moving van, or other homeware essentials, and everything in between.
Donations come from people in the local community, and are shared out equally between participants, so that everyone reaches their fundraising target within an average of 17 days.
Having helped more than 1,300 homeless people “achieve their goals” since being founded in 2017, Beam isn’t just about funding, as it also has a team of caseworkers who provide one-to-one help with employment to those in need.
The caseworkers also lend a hand with searching for properties online, communicating with landlords, and booking house viewings, while Beam also works with a network of vetted landlords to help people find a home
The initiative also provides further support for at least six months after moving.
Over the next year, Manchester City Council says its pilot partnership with Beam will initially support 25 families who are living in temporary accommodation in the region, and move them into their own private rental homes.
Residents can be referred to the scheme by the Council’s housing teams, as well as other local services, and each person is assigned a caseworker from Beam, who then supports them on their journey into stable housing.
“No one chooses homelessness voluntarily,” admitted Councillor Joanna Midgley, Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council.
“And when it happens, it can be devastating, which is why we are looking at a range of solutions to help people secure affordable and decent homes in Manchester.
“Our new partnership with Beam is an innovative approach to improve people’s life chances, supporting them, where possible, into sustainable jobs allowing them to move out of temporary accommodation and into their own homes.