Vendors of The Big Issue are set to get a musical boost this week with Cornish band Crowns touring the country and performing live on the streets as the magazine is sold.
The scheme, designed to raise awareness of the plight of the homeless will begin tomorrow (Dec 13) in Glasgow and will take the band and their “fish-punk” tunes to Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham before finishing in London on December 18.
The band will play at Big Issue pitches, distribution points and hostels for the homeless throughout the tour and are also calling on fans to invite them to play impromptu shows along the way.
“We really just wanted to help,” said singer Bill Jefferson. “It’s a great opportunity to raise awareness of the good work the vendors are doing in legitimately earning an income for themselves,” Adding: “We’re from a very small town in Cornwall but there are massive problems with homelessness there. It just goes unseen – as people are sleeping in fields and hedges rather than shop doorways.”
Crowns route is as follows:
Glasgow (December 13)
Liverpool / Manchester (14)
Sheffield / Leeds – Saturday (15)
Nottingham / Birmingham (17)