Black Grape announce details of Manchester reunion gig

The show will raise funds for Bez's All Star Reality Party election campaign

Black Grape have announced plans for a reunion gig, set to take place in their hometown of Manchester.

The show will take place at April 11 at the Old Granada Studios. The 700-capacity show is a homeless and anti-fracking benefit fundraiser for Bez’s All Star Reality Party election campaign and the Coffee4Craig charity in Salford and Manchester.

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the band’s debut album ‘It’s Great When Your Straight……Yeah’, the event will also see performances from Skittles & 8 Gold Rings, Jenna & The G’S, Backhanders, Alias Kid, Metrodome, T-Man & Black Josh (LEVELZ), Clint Boon, MC Tunes, DJ Mica, DJ Robin Smith and JM Barrington.

Shaun Ryder last reformed his post-Happy Mondays band Black Grape in April 2010, playing what was at the time their first gig in 12 years at London’s Coronet.

Bez is standing for election in Salford and Eccles, with bookies giving the star chances of 25/1 to win. Bez’s party was established in 2014 as an anti-fracking party, but has a wide range of enviromental policies, including free public transport and free food and drinking water.

“Labour has sold working class Britons down the river,” Bez says of his reason for standing in the upcoming election. “Meanwhile, the Tories are now beating us black and blue in a dark alley. I am standing for everyday Britons who want their country back. WE ARE THE REALITY PARTY is fighting the revolution”.

Meanwhile, Bez recently undertook a week-long ‘bed-in’ protest against fracking. The protest, inspired by John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s two anti-Vietnam war protests in 1969, has the support of Ono herself. In 2013 she penned the anti-fracking anthem ‘Don’t Frack My Mother’, which was performed by her son Sean Lennon.

Bez told NME: “We’re off to a great start because we’ve already attracted the attention of the world’s media. The fact is that 69 per cent of our land has been licenced for fracking and it’s been done without consultation with any of us. We haven’t been told about the dangers.”