Band busks to support homeless
Trying to help: Crowns
Cornish rock back Crowns today kick off a UK busking tour with the aim of supporting Big Issue magazine vendors.
They’ll perform sets on the streets of Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham and London, setting up at Big Issue pitches, distribution points and homeless hostels.
The world’s most widely-circulated street publication launched in 1991 with the aim of offering homeless people a way to generate income. Accredited vendors buy copies for £1.25 and sell them for £2.50, keeping the profits. The organisation currently works with over 2000 people either homeless or at risk of being homeless. Find out more.
Crowns singer Bill Jefferson says: “We really just wanted to help. It’s a great opportunity to raise awareness of the good work the vendors are doing in legitimately earning an income for themselves.
“We’re from a very small town in Cornwall but there are massive problems with homelessness there. It just goes unseen – people are sleeping in fields and hedges rather than shop doorways.”
The band’s set will include tracks from recent album Stitches In The Flag along with Cornish Christmas carols. Follow @BigIssue or @crownsband on Twitter for progress updates.