Former The Fall bassist Steve Hanley teams up with James and Inspiral Carpets at school gig

Bands join forces to raise money for musical instruments

Former The Fall bassist Steve Hanley has staged a music festival at a primary school to help raise money for musical instruments.

Hanley, who was a member of the Manchester band from 1979 to 1998, pulled in members of James and Inspiral Carpets for Cavfest at Cavendish Primary School’s playing field in the city over the weekend.

The former bassist staged the event to raise funds for musical instruments at the school after its budget was cut.

He now works as a caretaker at the school and is currently performing with Tom Hingley And The Lovers, fronted by the former Inspiral Carpets singer. Original Inspiral Carpets frontman Stephen Holt recently rejoined the band after Hingley quit over the summer.

“The school’s down on its budget because of the cuts so we thought let’s have a festival, and it’s bizarrely become reality,” Hanley told BBC News. “It went better than I ever thought.”