18 March 2015

Marion play acoustic set at People's History Museum fundraiser

Marion at People's History Museum fundraiser

Marion play acoustic set at People's History Museum fundraiser

We are thrilled to announce that ‘90s Britpop band, Marion, will play a very rare acoustic set as part of Never Mind The Politics at People’s History Museum on Saturday 28th March.  The band haven’t played a Manchester show since 2012, so we are delighted to welcome Jaime Harding and Anthony ‘Beard’ Grantham to our stage.

Socialist songbooks, a musical history of Chartism and protests in folk and disco form are all on the agenda for the People’s History Museum’s Never Mind the Politics festival, taking place Saturday 28 March. Exploring and celebrating the role of music in social and political protests throughout the ages, visitors will discover the stories of British radicals who found a voice through song.

A family friendly daytime programme (from 11.00am) includes talks, storytelling and sing-alongs. Highlights include a chance to listen to songs sparked by the Scottish Referendum, a workshop to create your own Skiffle music, an insight into Manchester Lesbian and Gay Chorus’ Safe to Sing campaign, and a talk from anti-racism group, English Disco Lovers.

At 4.00pm is a performance event, Three Acres And A Cow, where visitors can find out about the history of land rights and protest in folk songs. Through music, stories and poetry, performers Rachel Rose Reid and Robin Grey connect the Norman Conquest and Peasants’ Revolt with current issues like fracking and the housing crisis.

Then, in the evening, we have the main event.  The full line-up is:

Marion (acoustic)

The Lonesome and Penniless Cowboys – celebrating 30 years as a band

Tracey Browne

Longfella: Poet Tony Walsh

Doors 7pm.

The event will highlight the museum’s ‘Join the Radicals’ fundraising campaign, which invites people to give support by becoming a Radical Supporter or Patron, or by sponsoring one of a line-up of 100 Radical Heroes, whose ideas helped shape the world we live in.

People’s History Museum Director, Katy Ashton, says, “From Peterloo to Billy Bragg, music and songs have been a major part of protests throughout history, and will continue to be so in the future. The festival brings together a wonderful mix of performances and empowering talks – we can’t wait to see how it will all unfold. 

Those who support us by getting involved will be helping to raise vital funds for the museum, to ensure that the story of British people’s fight for democracy can continue to be told”.

To find out about the full festival line-up, including times for individual events, go to


Day time events are free, with donations welcome.

Three Acres And A Cow: Tickets £4/£3 concessions.

Never Mind The Politics Evening Fundraiser: Tickets £8 advance / £10 on the door.

Combined ticket for Three Acres And A Cow and Evening Fundraiser: £10.

To find out more about the ‘Join the Radicals’ campaign and ways to support the museum, please visit

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