A further 16 bands were picked, and via one of the world’s biggest judging panels, the people of Liverpool, and the listenership of Tony Snell’s show, who’d listened to two songs from each band, a further four bands were selected. Ticket price was set at just £1.00, with alll proceeds going to Radio City’s ‘Give A Child A Chance’ charity.
Erica Cain, a student from Liverpool Polytechnic was selected to design and produce the posters for the gigs.
A packed venue, a steaming hot night, live music, and a free and unlimited bar.
Such was the setting for an infamous gig in the history of a city internationally renowned for infamous gigs.
And most of all, in another unprecedented move, each band got that most treasured of all prizes to any self respecting musician, a rider.He was also charged with the Christmas lights switch on, Chinese New Year celebrations.Later on, Mark Campbell, together with Phil Hayes organised, Big Beat ’89, in the immediate aftermath of the disaster, the first series of gigs in support of the Hillsborough families, as well as the .As well as this, Manweb would take on sponsorship of gigs at both Mountford Hall, the Haigh building (the Haigh was another sad loss to Liverpool’s live music scene, as the student union of the Polytechnic, which hosted so many great gigs back then).Marc played a big part in putting the MMM into place, and remembers the Manweb Music Machine well.