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March on stage

March will see a host of live music events happening at Hard Rock Cafes all over the world. Manchester will be hosting two intimate concerts – read on to find out more…

Published on February 27th 2007.

March on stage

As months go, March is generally down there amongst the worst. It’s a nothing month, with nothing weather, nothing to do, and for the pious amongst us, no chocolate/cigarettes/alcohol (delete as appropriate according to Lenten vow).

Thanks to Hard Rock Cafe however, March just became a whole lot more exciting. The global rock brand is running a live music programme throughout the entire month, which will encompass 41 cities across the world, from Honolulu to Manchester.

March on Stage is an exciting project, which will raise money for music therapy charities all over the world by bringing huge live acts to small stages across the globe.

Having the largest Hard Rock Cafe in the UK, and such a renowned reputation for musical talent, it’s only natural that Manchester should hold two big name gigs.

First up, we have Peter Hook and David Potts of New Order fame, who will be sharing a stage for the first time in seven years. Better known as Hooky and Pottsy, the duo sold a million albums worldwide in the late 90’s and will be playing the Hard Rock Cafe on Wednesday 21st March.

And then a week later on the 29th March, the legendary Durutti Column will be stepping up to the mic. The first band ever to be signed to Tony Wilson’s Factory Records back in 1978, the Durutti Column have been at the forefront of Manchester’s musical development for nearly thirty years.


Tickets for both gigs are £12 each, but £30 will get you a VIP pass, with unrivalled views of the stage from the upstairs rock lounge, with a private bar, complimentary nibbles, and the chance to mingle with the stars and get your cds and memorabilia signed.

All proceeds from UK ticket sales will go to Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy, to help improve the quality of life for children and adults who have been isolated by serious medical conditions.

At the concerts, music fans will have the opportunity to win a custom made, signed Gibson Ephipone guitar, of which there will only be 17 across Europe. The guitars will be raffled, again with all proceeds going to Nordoff Robbins.

To buy tickets to either of these fantastic events, click here

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