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Top image: Photography by Amy Gwatkin, fashion by Vincent Levy. Taken from HERO 12.

What with Tory austerity, rumours of privatisation and false Brexit promises on buses, the NHS is being used as a political pinball while politicians toy with destroying one of Great Britain’s greatest inventions; a healthcare system for everyone, rich or poor.

However, the general public are being loud and clear in their support for the NHS. Following a series of demonstrations, various musicians are coming together for a special gig at Liverpool’s O2 Academy on 10th June titled, People Powered #OurNHS. Aimed at raising awareness of the current plight of the NHS, all proceeds from the event will be donated to the Health Campaigns Together group for their continuing campaign promoting issues with regards to the NHS.

HERO 12 stars Hooton Tennis Club offer their support, joining fellow Merseyside acts Edgar Jones, Kathryn Williams, Steve Pilgrim and former Shack and The Pale Fountains frontman Michael Head.

“Fighting what is happening to our NHS has to happen everywhere,” says Alan Taman, the organiser of Health Campaigns Together. “Cuts are being made and private companies are being allowed in. That’s why events like this are vital: most people simply cannot believe any government of this country would be arrogant and callous enough to end the NHS – until their hospital closes, or the pain they are in while waiting for their knee operation is deemed ’non-urgent’ and they wait in agony. Then they know – the NHS IS disappearing. They really are that arrogant.” 

Tickets for the event are priced at £20 plus booking fee and are available here from 5th April for O2 users and Friday 7th April for general sale.