Liam Gallagher & Adidas Spezial to Stage One-Off Intimate Gig in Blackburn

To celebrate a forthcoming trainer collaboration, the Oasis frontman will be staging a one-off concert in Blackburn...

By Manchester's Finest | 19 April 2022

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Liam Gallagher is set to play an intimate gig in Blackburn to promote a Spezial trainer partnership with adidas – and raise money for local homeless charity Nightsafe.

Liam will head to King George’s Hall on Wednesday 27th April for a one-off gig ahead of his stadium tours and release of his third solo album on May 27th.

Blackburn with Darwen is recognised as the birthplace of Spezial and the concert will be the first time Liam has ever performed there.

To get tickets, fans will be able to enter a ballot from Tuesday 19th April. Winners will be asked to make a £20 donation per ticket with all proceeds going to Blackburn-based homeless charity Nightsafe.

The concert, in King George’s Hall’s centenary year, is to announce the launch of a new trainer collaboration with adidas Spezial called the LG2SPZL which will release in the coming months. The adidas Spezial range was founded and curated by lifelong three-stripes fan Gary Aspden, who is from Darwen.

The pair, who are good friends, have worked together on a number of projects over the past two decades, including the launch of their first collaborative shoe – the LG SPZL – in 2019.

Liam said: “I’m glad to announce my new collaboration with adidas Spezial.

“It’s our take on the one and only Barrington Smash and it’s absolutely incredible.

“And if that’s not enough to blow your wig off, I’m going to be playing The King George’s Hall in Blackburn, Lancashire.

“All proceeds from the gig will be in aid of Nightsafe, a local homeless charity.”

Gary was the driving force behind the hugely popular adidas Blackburn SPZL shoes and the Blackburn Spezial exhibition – which drew in thousands of visitors from around the world to the town.

This was followed up with the C.P. Company 50th anniversary event in an underground car park in Darwen last year – attracting a string of famous faces from Dynamo the Magician to Goldie and Shaun Ryder.

Gary said: “I could not be happier that adidas agreed to support this event in east Lancashire and am super made up that Liam has agreed to come and perform here. He has never performed in Blackburn before and given how the roots of Spezial are connected to the town it feels like an appropriate location to announce the forthcoming LG2SPZL trainer collaboration. This should bring some great energy and positivity to Blackburn and will hopefully give Nightsafe a much needed boost after what have been a difficult few years for everyone.”

On the night, Liam will be supported by local Blackburn band The Illicits who were signed by Alan McGee to his Creation23 label.

Liam will join a lineage of music legends who have played at the grade II listed King George’s Hall – from the likes of David Bowie and the Beatles to The Clash and The Stone Roses.

Jan Larkin, CEO of Nightsafe, said: “We are incredibly touched at the generosity of Liam, Gary and the adidas team for holding the concert.

“The gig will be a fantastic night and it will raise life-changing funds for countless young people facing tremendously difficult times.

“Thank you so much.”

Fans will need to enter the ballot before midnight on Thursday 22nd April to register for tickets.

For more information and to enter the ballot, visit the CONFIRMED adidas app.