Shaun Ryder voices trams in Manchester for BBC Music Day

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Step On! Happy Mondays star Shaun Ryder is voicing announcements on MetroLink trams in Manchester for BBC Music Day.

The singer riffs on some of his biggest hits, including the Gorillaz’ single DARE, telling commuters: “It’s coming up, it’s coming up, it’s… Anchorage!”

“I enjoyed doing it,” he told 6 Music’s Chris Hawkins, “but I’ll never listen to it. I hate hearing my own voice.”

Ozzy Osbourne, Alfie Boe and Miles Kane have also lent their voices to public transport in their hometowns.

Commuters in Birmingham, Blackpool and Liverpool will be able to hear the announcements all day on Thursday.

Other Music Day events include concerts in hospitals, world record attempts and the unveiling of 47 blue plaques.

Musicians including David Bowie, Delia Derbyshire and Sir Neville Mariner are being honoured with the plaques, after being nominated by listeners to BBC Local Radio.

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In Caversham, a pub which played host to John Lennon and Sir Paul McCartney’s only gig as The Nerk Twins will also receive a plaque; while the Brighton Ballroom, which hosted Abba’s victorious Eurovision performance, earns another.

The group’s founding members Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, recorded a special message to say they were “very honoured at being commemorated”.

“These were days I will never forget, so thank you for this,” said Andersson. “I will go down and look at it one day.”

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More than 200 events will take place for BBC Music Day on Thursday, including a co-ordinated, country-wide bell-ringing performance at 19:00 BST.

Schoolchildren in Bradford and Portsmouth will attempt to break world records in drumming and Tamboo Bamboo, while indie band The Courteeners will visit Manchester Royal Infirmary to explore the impact of music therapy on patients.

BBC Radio 3 will broadcast five dramatic monologues by new writers about the power of classical music, performed by actors including Liam Neeson and Julie Hesmondhalgh.

The Charlatans will also play an exclusive concert for BBC Radio Scotland and BBC 6 Music; while poet Tony Walsh, whose reading of This Is The Place was an emotional centrepiece of the vigil for victims of the Manchester terror attack, has written a new piece about the power of music.

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BBC Music Day was originally scheduled for 9 June, but the day was changed to accommodate the UK’s General Election.

Some ticketed events – including a free concert by the pop group Texas – took place on the original date.

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