Beards Against the Cancer at Beat Street

Legendary DJ Gareth Brooks is set to host a fundraising event at Beat Street in Manchester on the 19th May to raise vital funds for cancer hospice, The Christie.

Home-grown DJ Gareth Brooks is best known for two things; his legendary hip-hop nights at Hula and his lengthy beard. On the 19th May, he will be combining the pulling power of both to attract other hairy-faced Mancunians to a ‘fund razor’ at Manchester bar collective, Beat Street.

The event aims to raise vital funds for cancer hospital The Christie after a recent fire caused millions of pounds worth of damage.

The night is being organised by ‘Beards Against the Cancer’, a group that Gareth created after being treated for the disease a few years back at The Christie hospital.

The idea came about after Gareth joked with a friend that he ‘was going to grow his beard until he got rid of the tumour’. A few friends agreed to do the same and after pulling together to organise an initial fundraising night which saw Gareth spin tunes alongside local DJ’s Elliot Eastwick, Bucky and Baggy, the group received worldwide acknowledgement and support from celebs such as Michelle Keegan, Tina O’ Brien, Manchester band Elbow and City skipper Vincent Kompany, who all sported ‘Beards Against the Cancer’ t-shirts designed by Gareth as part of the campaign.

Two years later and Gareth is recouping the power of the bearded group to raise further funds to pay for repairs to the fire ravaged hospital.

For this second hair-raising gig, Gareth will be utilising his extensive contacts within the music world to curate a programme of renowned guest DJ’s. He will also be on hand selling limited edition ‘Beards Against the Cancer’ t-shirts and mugs and Beat Street will be donating £1 from every drink purchased on the night to further help the cause.

DJ and Event Organiser Gareth Brooks said:
“Christie’s has helped so many people over the years in times of need, and they now need some help back! I am asking every Mancunian, bearded or not, to come and support this important fundraising event and in return, I’ll make sure it will be a party to remember.”

Although Gareth’s tumour has now been removed and he is in remission, the spirit of the group is still growing strong with countless bearded people across the world getting behind the campaign by flaunting their facial fuzz on social media using the hashtag #BeardsAgainstTheCancer

Along with a roster of acclaimed DJ’s, supporters will also get the chance to get their hands on some limited edition ‘Beards Against the Cancer’ t-shirts and mugs.

19th May from 5pm- 2am