In contrast to current worldwide division and discord, two mayors in the United Kingdom will be spinning DJ sets in an attempt to raise money for COVID-19-related charities.
Scheduled for June 13th via the United We Stream platform, the hour-long battle will feature representatives Andy Burnham, the Mayor of Greater Manchester vs Steve Rotheram, the Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, each of whom will play tracks that reflect the rich musical history of their respective cities. Manchester gave rise to groups including the Bee Gees, The Hollies and Herman’s Hermits during the ’60s, and was a cultural center of the early club culture scene during its “Madchester” phase of the late ’80s. And in Liverpool, groups such as Gerry and the Pacemakers, The Searchers and, of course, The Beatles made the coastal city globally famous.
“Let’s face it — if we had excluded music from the 1960s, there would be no contest,“ Burnham said in a statement. “But, competition aside, music unites both city-regions, and the United We Stream show promises to be an amazing celebration of North West culture.” Countering with his own excitement, Rotheram said “Let’s face it — I could have just chosen 10 Beatles tracks and blown anything they have to offer out the water, but there will be just one Beatles track and lots of other great music.”
Viewers of the free stream can comment and vote for their favorite DJ while making donations to support the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity, that addresses homelessness, and LCRCares that supports various organizations in the region during the Corona Virus pandemic.