CULTURE // Promoter charges £5 ($5) bags of food for entry to gig to help struggling food banks

Posted 14.03.2019 09:03am Updated 15.03.2019 04:13am


Punk Rock

Stu Taylor

Fucking Legend


Considering this story comes from one of the wealthiest countries on the planet, it’s surprising that there’s even a story to be told. However, it’s now a very common tale to be told across the shores of the United Kingdom, which is currently the fifth largest economy on the planet.

Although the wealth of the United Kingdom has vastly increased in recent years thanks to its GDP of $2.62 trillion, this European cultural hotspot has seen one of the largest increases in homelessness, poverty, and degradation within modern history.

Government policies have been largely to blame for this drastic turn of events for the British people, where nearly 4 million people now rely on food banks to feed themselves, and their families, which includes 356,000 children. Which is disgusting.

However, more and more people are stepping up and helping others in need where the Conservative government have failed. This includes a well known and highly respected veteran music promoter, and record label owner.

Stu Taylor of STP records, based in Manchester UK, and his partner in crime Sam Mason manage a prestigious roster of some of the finest punk rock bands in the UK. This includes putting on regular shows in the Manchester area to showcase some of the finest talent they have to offer the local music scene.

On Sunday 20th January they decided they would host another concert at the now infamous Star & Garter Music Venue, but instead of charging a normal ticket price, they asked fans to bring a £5 bag of food as their entry fee.

The local music scene stepped up and donated over 50 bags of food that were given to a local food bank in Manchester to help the poor and vulnerable.

It can cost hundreds of pounds for a promoter to put on a live show when you consider venue hire cost, sound engineers, staff, and some bands can travel many miles to play shows which also incur costs. And of course, someone needs to pay for the rider, punk rock bands can’t get drunk on tap water. No doubt, the band's most likely offered to play for free to help out. A selfless trait many punk rock bands, and their fans, carry proudly. Check out STP Records

One of the biggest charities involved in food banks is The Trussell Trust. You can make a one off donation to them via their website which will go towards feeding the poor and vulnerable. Donate to Trussel Trust

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