Mike Pickering At Football Kit Launch

'The City of Manchester Stadium prepares for a night of Manchester music - Live From City
SportCity, home of The City of Manchester Stadium will play host to an incredible night of Manchester music on Friday July 17th as Doves headline an exclusive free gig for 2,500 fans and their best friend who purchase the new Manchester City home shirt from the Club’s website.

“Live From City”, an event jointly hosted by Manchester City and Umbro, the Club’s new sportswear partner, will bring together some of Manchester’s finest music acts who are also great supporters of the club. The line-up features:

- Doves

- Mike Pickering – of M People, legendary Hacienda DJ and lifelong City fan 

- Twisted Wheel – supported Oasis at their Heaton Park gigs 

- Kid British - hotly tipped breakout act and their new single was BBC Radio 1’s ‘Record of the Week’ on the Scott Mills show

- The Answering Machine – recently toured with The Manic Street Preachers 

Also joining them will be young musical talent from Manchester City’s Kickz programme which offers kids from 12-18 years the chance to be part of positive activity. And of course, no City gig would be complete without the MCFC Big Band. 

The new Manchester City 2009-10 season home kit, which will be available exclusively from City’s stores and via Manchester City FC - Homepage, can be pre ordered online from July 1st and the first 2,500 people to do so will have the chance to request a pair of free tickets to this one off event. Those fans who pre order will receive their shirts on the morning of the 17th July, enabling ticket winners to wear it to the gig that evening. 

Not only are Umbro and MCFC giving away 5,000 tickets, they’re also offering the chance for one budding Manchester DJ to play live at the event through a competition online at Manchester City FC - Homepage from 1st July. Xfm’s Gareth Brooks and Mike Pickering will choose the winner who will support these fantastic acts.

Martin Prothero, Umbro’s Senior Vice President of Football said, “This is an exciting opportunity for both Umbro and Manchester City, two great Manchester brands, to thank the fans that have bought the new shirt. Manchester is as famous for its musical talent as its football and the joining of the two will mean Live from City will be a memorable night for City fans.”

David Pullan, Brand and Marketing Officer from Manchester City said, “Manchester has a rich heritage of music acts and so many of these are Manchester City supporters. This is an event to celebrate the launch of the new home kit whilst tapping into Manchester’s eclectic culture and putting on a free event to give back to those fans that first purchase the shirt.” 

The Manchester City FC home kit will be on general sale from July 18th. Pre orders available from July 1st at Manchester City FC - Homepage . To secure a free pair of tickets to the gig fans must pre-order a home shirt and opt in to receive the tickets. For those not lucky enough to get a pair, there will also be giveaways in local media.