Starsailor and ex-Oasis man play former Smiths star’s charity gig

Versus Cancer stages Christmas party in Manchester

Versus Cancer, the charity set up by ex-Smiths bassist Andy Rourke, celebrated a successful year last night (December 18) with a hometown christmas party.

Held at Manchester’s Moho Live, the evening saw a blend of new and established talent, DJs and comedians all help raise money for the Christies Cancer Charity.

Headlining was Starsailor‘s James Walsh, who played an acoustic set.


The set mainly featured tracks from Starsailor‘s back catalogue, as well as two new songs from the band’s forthcoming fourth album ‘All The Plans’ – the title track and ‘Tell Me It’s Not Over’.

Walsh also blended in songs by The Killers, Primal Scream and Gorillaz‘ 2005 Number One ‘Dare’ – which he dedicated to a Starsailor fan who died this year.

Walsh also played covers of John Lennon’s ‘Jealous Guy’, John Mellencamp‘s ‘Wild Night’ and Leonard Cohen‘s ‘Hallelujah’.

Introducing the cover, Walsh told the crowd: “Apparently this [‘Hallelujah’] is now a Christmas song and someleague one Leona Lewis has stole it from Jeff Buckley.”

Jamie Walsh played:



‘Four To The Floor’/’Dare’

‘All The Plans’

‘Jealous Guy’

‘Silence Is Easy’/’All These Things That I’ve Done’


‘Good Souls/’Movin’ On Up’

‘Tell Me It’s Not Over’

‘Tie Up My Hands’

‘Wild Night’

The event also saw ex-Oasis guitarist Paul ‘Bonehead’ Arthurs play with his band The Vortex.

Also on the bill were The Jessie Rose Trip, Karima Francais, The 66, Jersey Bud and Working For A Nuclear Free City.

You can wacth fan footage of the show below.


Kevin Smith: “I’m the world’s biggest Kevin Smith fan”

The beloved cult filmmaker reflects on an extraordinary career

The Best Films of the Decade: The 2010s

As chosen by NME

The Best Songs Of The Decade: The 2010s

Here – after much debate – are the 100 very best songs of 2010s