Labour politician Andy Burnham has kicked off his campaign to become Mayor of Manchester – and he wants to re-vitalise the city’s music scene.
The politician frequently tweets about music, recently showing his support for The Stone Roses’ much-hyped comeback single.
However, he apparently wants to see more new acts come through, and aims to make this a focus of his campaign to become Manchester’s mayor.
Speaking to Manchester Evening News he said: “I am somebody who’s studied the Manchester music scene over many years. I regularly go to gigs here all the time.”
“I notice just a bit of complacency really has crept in. We’re trading on the big names of the past too much. The Courteeners are the obvious exception. I don’t see a music scene that was like the one I remember growing up here.”
Andy Burnham has proposed a ‘mayoral music competition’, and would also aim to echo the way Tony Wilson supported young Manchester talent via his slot on Granada Reports.