9 Dec 2005
Manchester v Cancer - tickets on sale 10am Sat 17 December 
Great Northern Productions is proud to announce that tickets for the Manchester versus Cancer Concert in association with Key 103, will be going on sale from 10am on Saturday 17 December via Ticketmaster.

Taking place at the Manchester Evening News Arena on 28 January 2006, the concert will see some of Manchester's very own legends appearing on stage together for the first time ever.

Give the music fanatic in your family a Christmas to remember this year - with the gift of tickets to the biggest ever charity fundraising gig to be staged in Manchester.

New Order, Andy Rourke, Badly Drawn Boy, Doves, Mani (Stone Roses and Primal Scream) and Stephen Fretwell are already signed up and even more huge names will be announced over the next few days and weeks. It could lead to some one-off, amazing collaborations on stage and is making people predict that this will be a once-in-a-lifetime event.

The gig was the idea of ex-Smith, Andy Rourke, following news that his manager's sister and father had been diagnosed with cancer. Andy and friends decided to group together to raise 1 million pounds for alternatives to chemotherapy at Manchester's Christie Hospital, Europe's largest cancer treatment and research centre.

www.manchestervcancer.co.uk

Tickets go on sale 10.00am GMT, Saturday 17 December 2005
Ticketmaster: www.ticketmaster.co.uk
Tel: 0870 190 8000
Ticket prices start at 40.00 GBP

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