Tickets go on sale this Friday for a special fundraising gig in March, with Nik Kershaw and Chris Difford among the 1980s legends set to headline.
A host of pop and rock icons from the eighties will take centre stage at the O2 Academy Islington on 16 March 2016 in a benefit gig for Prostate Cancer UK.
Squeeze’s Chris Difford, pop legend Nik Kershaw, Average White Band frontman Hamish Stuart, and Paul Young’s band Los Paciminos are just some of the names on the Men United Concert line-up who will be entertaining a crowd of 800 in memory of their mutual friend.
Bassist and keyboard player Matt Irving – who played with the likes of Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, Squeeze and Chris Rea – died from prostate cancer in April this year, and the concert will be performed on what would have been the musician’s 66th birthday. All proceeds will go to Prostate Cancer UK as the stars’ contribution to Men United, our movement for everyone who wants to beat prostate cancer.
I’m excited to be doing something that may help save a life.
Chris Difford, who had a prostate cancer scare himself last year, said: "Matt was a great bloke and it’s an honour to get up on stage in his memory. Over 10,000 men die of prostate cancer every year in the UK and I’m excited to be doing something that may help save a life."
Hamish Stuart was a lifelong friend of Matt’s, having grown up with him in Glasgow. "Matt was my closest friend and a great guy, who was well loved in the musical community and his death touched a lot of people," he said. "Hopefully through this concert in his honour, we can raise awareness a little further and go someway to saving other men from a similar fate."