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Rare Iron Maiden guitar, Queen collectables and Spice Girls sofa up for grabs in live music charity draw

Music fans are being given the chance to bid for rare rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia, in an online charity draw to raise money for musicians and road crews left without income during the pandemic.

Iron Maiden has donated a one of a kind prototype Jackson Custom Shop guitar, while Muse has donated a Signed Manson Meta Series MBM-1 Guitar Simulation Theory Edition.

The Spice Girls have donated the original Union Jack sofa, as used on stage during their performance of Mama on their 2019 Spiceworld tour.

Queen has donated a signed Brian May Guitars Red ‘Special’ and signed Queen and Adam Lambert memorabilia. 

In 2020, the first #ILoveLive prize draw raised £546,000 for the charity Stagehand. The sequel promises more unique prizes from artists, promoters, venues and festivals.

Other artists that have put kit and collectables up for auction include Foo Fighters, Mumford & Sons, Keane, The 1975, Jack Garratt, Imogen Heap, Passenger, Genesis, The Levellers, Simple Minds, Queen, Adam Lambert, Billy Bragg, Stereophonics, Two Door Cinema Club, Lindsey Buckingham and Frank Turner.

The Spice Girls have donated the original Union Jack sofa, as used on stage during their performance of Mama on their 2019 Spiceworld tour…

This isn’t an auction, but a series of prize draws where each artist has their own prize draw. With an auction, only a few fans with the deepest pockets get involved, whereas with a prize draw the whole fanbase can participate. Fans from all over the world can enter for £5 via the artist’s #ILoveLive Crowdfunder page.  Fans can enter multiple times, to  stand a better chance of winning.

Rob Love from Crowdfunder said: “The #ILoveLive campaign on Crowdfunder is critical to supporting the ‘behind the scenes’ workers in the live music industry.  Without roadies there won’t be a live events industry, even when Covid restrictions are lifted. Crowdfunding is a way for communities to come together to support causes close to their heart, and this is a great example of how the music industry is pulling together to help each other in a time of need.”

To enter the draw visit the #ILoveLive crowdfunder page here.

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