Manchester Band ‘The Last Party’ are donating 50% from sales of their single “A Thousand Smiles’ to Forever Manchester.
The Last Party are a 4 piece rock and roll band from Manchester established by songwriting duo Liam Manton and Greg Williams. Since forming just over 4 years ago and brining in Adam Reekie and Daniel Moss, the band have self-released two singles, and their unique blend of summery anthems, full throttle rock & roll and mind invading melodies have been recognised by XFM, NME, Soccer AM, Manchester Evening News and BBC North West Tonight. In 2012 Manchester City Council chose them as the first ever unsigned artist to perform at the annual Christmas Lights Switch on, in front of 20,000 people in Albert Square.
Last year the band was spotted by actor Idris Elba, after appearing at London rock & roll night and celeb haunt This Feeling. Idris Elba is best known for his performances in The Wire, Luther and his portrayal of Nelson Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.
Elba subsequently offered to direct the band's next video for free. He located to Manchester during one of his only weeks off of 2013 and brought in local production company Northern Lads Productions to help with the project. The video features appearances from Idris Elba (voice over/intro and shot mid video), This is England actors George Newton and Andrew Shimm and over 200 people from Manchester.
The band's frontman/songwriter Liam Manton said “When you look at the scale of this project and how we managed to pull it off, its mind boggling! We didn't even have the song recorded when Idris met us at This Feeling, so it was an Only Fools & Horses moment trying to get everything organised, and to be honest, we couldn't have done it without our mates Northern Lads Productions and a select group of others from Manchester. Everybody chipped in, from accountants to bar owners - even Liam Gallagher's clothing company Pretty Green rigged us out, so we've decided that the band should put something back into the city which had helped us make ‘A Thousand Smiles’ possible.
We are donating a chunk of the profits to Forever Manchester to help them support community projects across Greater Manchester and also to CALM, (Campaign Against Living Miserably), in memory of my mate Geno who we lost to depression just after Christmas a few years ago."