Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham will DJ at a special show in the city next month.
Burnham will take to the decks at Ramona’s Ancoats venue on Wednesday August 3 as part of his five week ‘Ramona Radio’ series.
The mayor and former Labor MPs for Leigh will play “lots of New Order, Manchester classics and 90s summer jams”, according to an official announcement.
“He comes in for pizza often so we asked him if he would like to DJ and he said… he would love to,” the post reads.
Burnham’s set starts at 8pm BST, and will be streamed live on Mixcloud (via Mixmag). You can see the announcement below.
In 2020, Andy Burnham took part in a charity DJ battle against Liverpool Mayor Steve Rotheram. All proceeds from the event went to fund community groups and other organizations affected by the COVID lockdown.
Earlier in 2021, the mayor of Greater Manchester suggested that “big players” in the music industry should pay a levy to support community music venues during the pandemic, because “that’s where the talent comes from”.
He previously pledged to do “everything possible” to save Manchester’s smaller venues from closure.
Last May, Burnham blessed the city’s indie legends, The Courteeners, in his victory speech after winning a second term.
Earlier this year, Andy Burnham chaired a special talk and panel on suicide prevention at Speaker’s House in Parliament. Bernard Sumner and Stephen Morris, from New Order attended the event.
Sumner opened on behalf of the band by talking about Ian Curtis’s later years and how difficult it can be to spot the signs of depression.