All for charity - the biggest names in music and comedy unite to appear in 2013 charity shows
Check our round-up for the best fundraising events across the UK and Ireland. Tickets are on sale now, unless 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.
The Aussie award-winning piano-pounding songsmith and comedic genius will perform an exclusive charity show at London's KOKO on 19th December in aid of Medecins sans Frontieres for their work in Syria. Tickets are on sale now, priced at £22 each.
As well as appearing at the BBC Children In Need Rocks 2013 concert, Bastille with Jake Bugg and AlunaGeorge, will perform a special fundraiser at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith in support of Crisis UK. Tickets are selling fast for the concert on 20th December.
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.
The Sunflower Jam
Taking place at the Royal Albert Hall on 4th April 2014, this rock and pop extravaganza will be headed up by Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson, Rick Wakeman and Alfie Boe among others. Tickets are on sale now for this special 'Celebrating Jon Lord' evening which will celebrate the work of the Deep Purple composer who passed away recently.
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..