‘We don’t want no Southerners looking after our kids!’
– Gordo, Manchester Confidential
Last night’s legend had it that having got a good kicking on Manchester’s Oxford Street, Manchester Confidential’s Gordo’s Mancunian pride was further bruised by the discovery that to benefit from the good work of music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins children were bussed down to London. You can help change that by clicking here to donate. Peter Hook, David Potts and plenty of friends did their bit last night…
And what a night. My companion was better at spotting the legends from the Manchester music scene and we reckon there was the inevitable smattering of Coronation Street stars (but not being soap fans we were only sure about one ex).
You’ll see from the snippets above that it was a night to remember: Monaco (New Order bass plus sha-la-las) and Joy Division, including a performance from Rowetta Satchell (Happy Mondays, Simply Red, Inner City, TV’s X-Factor). Hooky is a man of great stage presence and everyone clearly put all they had into the night. The Hard Rock Café (take the 360o tour) was a surprisingly good venue; informal, good views all round, helped to make you feel part of it all.
David Potts performance sans-Peter Hook also hit the spot and the support was bluesy and competent, even if nobody seemed to catch their names. We settled on Cabbage Waste, but it might have been Cabbage White or even Cabbage Bash. Sadly the pics I took of them came out rubbish. Oh well.