University of Salford band ‘The Velvet Shakes’ are going to perform at the sold out YANA (You Are Not Alone Festival) on the March 30. 

The one-day festival on March 30 is being held at multiple venues including Jimmy’s, The Whiskey Jar and Night and Day all based in Manchester’s Northern Quarter.

The Velvet Shakes will be performing at the Whiskey Jar at 6 pm, playing a range of their old and new music including new song “We are not alone”.

Lead singer of the band, Josh Bithell, said:  “It’s all about mental health and the issues that come with that, and then we were asked to do this festival. I feel like it’s meant to be.”

The festival sold out on March 21, with a total of 227 tickets being picked up by excited music fans.

All of the money raised will go to Manchester Mind who help to raise awareness about mental health through support, information and training services.

Mr Bithell said: “Raising awareness is the one thing that we need to focus on because a lot of people try to keep their mental health to themselves and if you feel comfortable talking about it then it’s only going to be a good thing.”


The festival will be showcasing acoustic, electro, indie, pop and rock music including performances from Y.O.U.N.G, Purple Heart Parade and DJ Jordan Allen.





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