Tony Walsh's Manchester poem 'This is The Place' is released as a single
Tony Walsh’s poem ‘This is The Place’, which went global after he read it at the vigil for the Manchester Arena bombing victims, has been released as a single.
The Manchester Evening News reports that Tony’s words have been mixed with the “classic Hacienda sound” by Manchester dance music production team New Mount City Breakers and would be released worldwide as a single on Monday.
Tony also delivered his poem at a remembrance concert headlined by Ariana Grande, star of the original concert where 22 people were killed, and on the way home from the remembrance concert in a packed Manchester tram.
You can already find ‘This is The Place’ on mugs and T-shirts. All profits from the single sales will be donated to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, Forever Manchester and the Manchester Mayor's Homeless Fund.
Tony told the MEN: “On reflection it’s hardly surprising that there was an influx of requests to put my poem to music after the vigil. Manchester is the dance capital of England after all. I felt this version though, was true to the classic Manchester sound, adding a new angle without detracting from the words and giving the next generation of young people an anthem to make them proud.
"We’re also trying to support the city’s future vision as well as helping with donations to help support people with the devastating effects of the bomb.”
Producer Lee Stanley said: “Feeling as helpless as everyone else in the wake of the Manchester bomb, I just felt the urge to mix the Hacienda classic sound with the poetry of Manchester, set to the heartbeat of the city.”