Tonight, Nik Kershaw, Chris Difford, Hamish Stuart, Lance Ellington and many more are joining together to honour their friend Matt Irving, who sadly died from prostate cancer this year at a unique gig on 16 March 2016 at the 02 Academy, Islington.
Irving, who famously played with the likes of Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, Squeeze and Los Pacaminos, started pulling the album ‘A Gift from Men United‘ together at the beginning of 2014 but sadly didn’t live to hear the completed collection of tracks. Squeeze’s Chris Difford, Average White Band frontman Hamish Stuart, Go West, and Andy Fairweather Low are just a handful of the names which appear alongside Nik Kershaw on the new record – ‘A Gift from Men United’. They were all inspired to step forward and donate tracks for dads, uncles, brothers, sons and friends everywhere who have been affected by prostate cancer.
Nik, whose late father was diagnosed with prostate cancer wrote the single ‘Men United’ for the album in honour of his dad and the 42,000 men who face a diagnosis of prostate cancer every year in the UK.
Nik commented: “My dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer when he was 70. He was one of the lucky ones – it wasn’t one of the more aggressive strains and he lasted another 15 years before it helped to see him off. However, it wasn’t until I visited the offices of Prostate Cancer UK that I realised what a major men’s health issue prostate cancer is, especially when it comes to awareness.
“We’re blokes. We don’t talk about stuff and we rarely go to the doctor. I really hope that this album and the new ‘Men United’ single gets guys talking about this disease and it goes some way to changing men’s attitudes towards their health for the better.”
All proceeds from the gig at the O2 Academy Islington will go to helping Prostate Cancer UK beat this terrible disease. GET TICKETS!.