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YOU'LL NEVER ROCK ALONE; Special Hillsborough Justice Concert Edition; 34,000 sell-out for tribute.

It is eight years since the Hillsborough tragedy and still the questions about how and why 96 soccer fans perished go unanswered.

But the fight for the truth goes on. Today, as part of the campaign for justice, some of Britain's greatest pop talents gather for a unique concert at Anfield. A sell-out crowd of 34,000 will enjoy the very best in music to keep memories of the victims alive.

The Lightning Seeds, with frontman Ian Broudie, The Beautiful South and Manic Street Preachers headline a unique event and organisers promise there are one or two

very special surprises in store.

Lightning Seeds star Broudie said: "When I think about the Hillsborough disaster I feel very confused because nobody has ever accepted responsibility."

Nicky Wire, of the Manics, added: "It's a cause that obviously we feel very strongly about."

Virgin boss Richard Branson, who has sponsored the seven-hour extravaganza, said: "The loss of 96 lives is not easily forgotten and this concert will ensure it never is."

The Hillsborough Justice Concert is the first show of its kind to be held at Anfield. The ground became a shrine for mourning fans after the tragedy at the Liverpool-Nottingham Forest FA Cup semi-final in Sheffield in April 1989.

Forty thousand Mirror readers from all over Britain have signed our petition calling for a new inquest.

And more than 35,000 others phoned their support after seeing Jimmy McGovern's award-winning ITV Hillsborough drama in December.

Profits from today's show, hosted by John Peel, will help fund the fight to re-open the inquests on the 96 fans.

I'll Play My Heart Out

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 10, 1997
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