Frank Turner to headline Big Issue North Trust fundraiser

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Singer-songwriter Frank Turner is confirmed as the headline act for Street Noise – a night of music with a heart, held to raise funds for Big Issue North Trust and INSP (International Network of Street Papers).

One of the country’s most cherished songwriters, Turner has a legion of dedicated fans who will descend upon the O2 Manchester Ritz on August 24 to see a solo set comprising songs from his 2015 album, Positive Songs for Negative People (number 2 in the UK charts), as well as selections from his extensive back catalogue, including The Way I Tend to Be and Polaroid Picture.

With his distinctive brand of folk-punk, the hardcore troubadour embarked on a major tour last winter with his trusted backing band, The Sleeping Souls, and is all set to provide support to pop-punk megastars Blink 182 in some of the country’s biggest venues.

Frank Turner said: “I’m very happy and honoured to be doing a show for Big Issue North. The work they do with and for the homeless is invaluable, it’s an important campaign to get behind. I’m also happy to be coming back to Manchester for a show, it’s one of my favourite cities in the world.”

Support at the Ritz is provided by Felix Hagan & the Family, a seven-piece explosion of new-glam, high camp pop, punk and classic rock, and home town up-and-comers Our Fold. Manchester legend Clint Boon is set to bring his regular DJ set to the Ritz, entertaining the gig-goers between artists.

All profits from the gig will go to Big Issue North Trust (charity number 1056041), the charity that supports our magazine sellers, and INSP (charity number SC036369), who work to establish and support street papers across the world.

Tickets go on sale on Friday, June 23, and are available from

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