GREATER Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham will be going head-to-head with Steve Rotheram in a giant charity DJ battle tomorrow.

The battle will be a third re-match between Leigh's former MP and the Liverpool City Region mayor, with the first clash taking place online during the pandemic and a follow-up event in Manchester last December.

With the Manchester event raising more than £25,000 and winning ‘Leading Live Event of the Year’ at the 2023 This is Manchester Awards, a follow up event is taking place at Camp in Furnance in Liverpool, on Friday, February 1.

Proceeds from the night will be distributed between the Liverpool City Region and Greater Manchester charities, with all funds supporting initiatives to tackle homelessness and end the need for rough sleeping.

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Leigh Journal: Singer Jamie Webster has been added to the eventSinger Jamie Webster has been added to the event (Image: LCR)
Liverpool singer-songwriter Jamie Webster has been added to the event's star studded line-up which features BBC Radio 6 DJ Craig Charles, singer Rebecca Ferguson and Peter Hooton.

There will also be guest appearances from Liverpool and England footballer John Barnes, Everton legend Peter Reid, former Corrie actress Sally Lindsay, M-People’s Heather Small, BBC Radio 5 Live presenter Nihal Arthanayake and presenter Matt White.

The event is all part of a concerted and creative effort to tackle the challenge of homelessness across the regions. The current financial crisis is seeing communities facing increasingly tough challenges.

Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity’s A Bed Every Night has helped tackle homelessness across the region ever since its peak in 2017. Since 2020 it’s helped nearly 6,000 people, with 2,910 people supported in the last year alone.

Currently, there are 658 people in A Bed Every Night who would otherwise be at risk of rough sleeping, with campaigns, events and challenges that have to date raised millions.

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester added: “We’re coming back but this time we’re heading over to Liverpool. I was so proud of what we achieved with our DJ Battle last year, using the power of music and friendly rivalry to unite behind one powerful message, that homelessness has no place in Greater Manchester.

"It’s going to be bigger and better this time round, as we spread the fundraising and ramp up the noise over in Liverpool.”

More information can be found here.