All for charity - the biggest names in music and comedy unite to appear in charity shows
Check our round-up for the best fundraising events across the UK and Ireland. Tickets are on sale now, unless otherwise stated.
Many of the UK and Ireland's leading charities organize fundraising shows up and down the country in the hope that the public will part with a few spare hours to attend and, most importantly, a few spare pounds to help each one in their quest to make life easier for those in peril.
Below is a chronological guide to many such charity events due to take place in the next few months. Please note that prices quoted are exclusive of fees, some of which have been waived or reduced by the ticket agents. Please give, laugh and rock generously.
Damaged Stock returns to Nottingham for another metal all-dayer fund-raiser for Epilepsy Action (www.epilepsy.org.uk) on Saturday 26th April. The line-up includes Evil Scarecrow (back again for 2014), Emperor Chung, DamageScape, Ten Ton Tabby, Obzidian, Pandemik, Riff Bastard and more. Doors open at 2PM and the action goes on until 10PM. Tickets cost just £6.
Walter Trout benefit concert. "An Evening for Walter Trout" is a fund-raising concert which will be held on 4th May at Shepherds Bush Empire with funds raised going to the stricken blues guitarist who is in need of a liver transplant. The night will not feature Walter, but will feature Roger Chapman, Otis Grand, Bernie Marsden, Ian Parker, Kim Simmons, Danny Bryant, Stevie Smith, Marcus Malone, Mitch Laddie, Lawrence Jones and more. Tickets cost £17.50 in advance, £20 on the night (plus fees) - on sale now.
Greg Davies will appear at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith on 8th May as part of The Big Laugh in aid of Friends of the Earth, along with Patrick Kielty, Josh Widdicombe, Mark Watson and singer Eliza Doolittle. Tickets on sale now, costing £22.50.
Channel 4's Comedy Gala
will take place at The O2 Arena - Greenwich on 16th May with Kevin Bridges, Michael McIntyre, Lee Evans, Josh Widdicombe, Seann Walsh, Sean Lock, Alan Carr, John Bishop and many more - tickets on sale now with proceeds going to Great Ormond Street Hospital.
West End Heroes
After 2013's triumphant fund-raising concert for Help The Heroes with The Soldiers, The Overtones, Joe McElderry and The Central Band of the Royal Air Force, the Dominion Theatre will host 2014's concert on 22nd June with a line-up yet to be announced but sure to equal the aforementioned. Tickets cost from £45 for Circles, £65 for Stalls and £200 for the best seats - all proceeds to charity.
Little Noise Sessions
The bad news (for 2013) is that the annual Mencap fund-raiser is taking a break for 2013, but there's good news for 2014, with curator Jo Wiley stating:
I'm so passionate about hosting Mencap's Little Noise Sessions , like many of the best festivals, as Glastonbury has in the past, we are taking a year off to rest but we will be back next year at a different venue. We'll be spending the next year scouring the nation to find the best new talent, as well as calling on old friends who have headlined before, to make sure our eighth year is better than ever..
Roar With Laughter
Roar With Laughter returns to Hammersmith's Eventim Apollo this October for their annual London Zoo fund-raiser, featuring Sean Lock, Ed Byrne, Stewart Lee, Lucy Porter, Greg Burns and more. Tickets start at £16, rising to £36 plus fees.