Headingley Carnegie Stadium is best known for its sporting heroes, but on Sunday 3rd May hundreds of music fans will come together at the famous venue to enjoy a Northern Soul Spectacular to raise money for charity.

The huge musical event has been organised by Yorkshire based charity, Charity Soul, which was set up in 2013 by Northern Soul lover Terry Hopkinson following the death of a close friend from Cancer.  Feeling compelled to do something practical to help tackle the disease Terry decided to call upon his friends and promoters in the Northern Soul circle to help him raise 1 million pounds for front line Cancer research. 

Following Terry’s initial call to the Northern Soul community to support Charity Soul events, the movement has grown and inspired DJ’s across the country to hold their own fundraising nights.  Now the team of volunteers, who run the charity alongside Terry, are preparing for their most ambitious event yet with a night of music across four different rooms at the world famous sports stadium.

Over 1000 soul fans are expected to head to Headingley Carnegie from all over the country where they will be entertained by DJs from across the UK.  The stadium will be transformed into a musical haven for Northern Soul lovers with a main room playing general 60s Northern Soul music, a modern soul room, a Dekkas Roots room where 60's RnB, mod, rare soul will be played and the Long Bar will be transformed into the Motown room with Steve Ward playing the fantastic Tamla Motown music and also showing the artists on the big screen.  The event will be supported by Vixen 101 FM and there will be live music from American singer “Scotty” from Soul Sensation.

From the beginning one the key aims of Charity Soul has been to directly support those researching a cure for Cancer and with this in mind they made the decision that all the money they raised would go to acclaimed researcher, Professor Norman Maitland and his team at York University.

“We wanted to make sure every pound of our donation would go directly to helping find a cure for Prostate Cancer and after extensive research we identified acclaimed Professor Norman Maitland, who is conducting pioneering stem cell research into the disease at York University,” explained Terry.  “After meeting Professor Maitland and his team we decided this was the project we would support.”

As well as the backing of the music world, the Charity Soul team have now gained support from the Leeds Rhinos Foundation as well as Leeds Rhinos captain, Kevin Sinfield MBE and former British and Irish Lions Head Coach and Yorkshire Carnegie Executive President, Sir Ian McGeechan.

Kevin Sinfield MBE said: “From speaking to the Charity Soul team there is a strong feeling of a community and it is great to see them pulling together through their shared love of music to support Professor Maitland and his researchers.  Many of us will be affected in some way by Cancer during our lives and Charity Soul and their supporters are doing a fantastic job in helping raise vital money to help find a cure for the disease.”

Sir Ian McGeechan added: “I would like to wish Charity Soul the best of luck for their event at Headingley Carnegie Stadium.  Their dedication to raising 1 million pounds is commendable and will help fund important research that we hope one day will save the lives of people with Cancer.”

Professor Norman Maitland commented: “We are extremely grateful to Charity Soul for their support, the money they raise will fund a team of ten researchers for a year.  Our scientists work in the area of cancer stem cells, which is a relatively new and exciting area of research.  Current treatments for prostate cancer are like using weed killer that kills the weed but the weed can grow back.  What we are doing is the same as ‘Roundup’, kill the Cancer at the roots and then we kill the leaves then the Cancer can’t grow back.”

The event will begin at 4pm and will finish at midnight. Tickets are £10 (+£1.50 booking fee) and are on sale from the Leeds Rugby Ticket Office on 0871 423 13 15 (calls cost 10p and mobile rates vary) or they can also be bought from Nige on 07957 465 223..