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Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Gigs - Magic In The Air – Comedy Store, Manchester

Star rating - 10/10

This was a special fundraising gig in aid of the Billie Butterfly Fund. Billie is the four year old niece of music journalist Luke Bainbridge, who has a rare form of brain stem cancer. It seems this condition is inoperable in this country but there is hope of treatment in the US, so a fund has been set up to raise funds to pay for her treatment there. The fund has been so successful that it has now reached its target of £200,000, and any leftover will be put to research into child brain cancer in this country.

So as well as being a very good cause, it was a great night’s entertainment including Everything, Everything, the amazing I Am Kloot, and headliner Badly Drawn Boy, who helped to organise the gig for his friend. Justin Moorhouse was the extremely funny compere, exchanging banter and poking gentle fun at members of the audience in hilarious fashion.

Although Everything Everything were not to my liking, young men with falsetto vocals must be an acquired taste, fair play to them for taking part. The ever amazing I Am Kloot did five great songs, with a couple featuring John Bramwell playing perched on the edge of stage as he had ‘forgotten his beer crates’ – priceless. And Badly Drawn Boy rounded things off nicely. Great evening, sad cause – and as JB commented, it feels very wrong when we can pay millions to buy the Royal Bank of Scotland for the nation but can’t afford to pay for treatment for sick children.......

Our best wishes and prayers are with you Billie. x

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