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It’s Liverpool vs Manchester as our two Metro Mayors go head to head…on the decks!


The Metro Mayors of the Liverpool City Region and Greater Manchester will take part in a DJ battle this Sunday, 7 June, to determine which place has the better music and to raise money for good causes during the coronavirus pandemic.

Steve Rotheram and Andy Burnham will be taking turns on the decks to play songs by acts from in and around Liverpool and Manchester. The battle will be shown exclusively on the United We Stream platform,

The Mayors will play one track from each decade, beginning in the ‘60s and finishing in the present day. Expect classic Merseybeat and Madchester, as well as some up-and-coming acts to watch for the future.

The money raised from the event will be shared between LCRCares, a campaign to support organisations on the frontline supporting communities throughout the Liverpool city-region during the coronavirus pandemic, and the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity, which helps the most vulnerable people across Greater Manchester.

LCR Cares has distributed more than £1million to good causes across the Liverpool City Region.

The United We Stream platform is free to watch, but with donations welcome. The project has already raised a staggering £320,000 for the city region’s night-time economy, cultural organisations and chosen local charities.

Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said:

“Everyone knows that our City region is the centre of the known musical universe. Not only are we a UNESCO World City of Music, but we have produced more No1 hits than anywhere else in the country and this battle gives us the chance to show the unbelievable talent from across our area, whilst at the same time raising money for some great causes.

“From Atomic Kitten to the Zutons, there are so many amazing tunes to choose, so it will be a fantastic listen with (hopefully) something for everyone. The most difficult part of this has been leaving out some of my personal favourites, but we have agreed to spread our choices over several decades and musical genres to give a wider flavour of the eclectic music generated from our respective areas. Let’s face it – I could have just chosen 10 Beatles tracks and blown anything they have to offer out of the water, but there will be just one Beatles track and lots of other great music. Let battle commence!”


Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham said:

Manchester and Liverpool have had some big battles over the years and Sunday’s promises to be no different.

“Manchester has held the upper hand on football in recent times and I’m confident that we’ll emerge from this weekend as the North West capital of music. Let’s face it – if we had excluded music from the 1960s, there would be no contest!

DJ Andy Burnham

“But, competition aside, music unites both city-regions and the United We Stream show promises to be an amazing celebration of North West culture. We hope it will bring people together at a difficult time and raise funds for important causes at both ends of the M62.”

Since it launched on 3 April, United We Stream has reached a total of 14 million people who have tuned in to watch acts including Spice Girl Melanie C, Paul Oakenfold and Roger Sanchez, as well as comedians Jon Richardson, Alan Carr and Russell Kane. Its two 12-hour Hacienda House Party events were watched by over 3.5 million people, with viewers from as far afield as California.

On Friday 22 May, United We Stream broadcast a special four-hour show to mark the third anniversary of the Manchester Arena attack, with performances from the Manchester Survivors Choir and former Coronation Street actress Catherine Tyldesley.

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