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.
John Bishop heads-up GQ's third annual comedy extravaganza at the Eventim Apollo on 10th March. The star-spangled night will also feature Russell Howard, Milton Jones, Greg Davies, Jennifer Saunders, Omid Djalili, Russell Peters, Lee Mack, Russell Kane, Jason Byrne and MC James Mullinger. Tickets cost £25 + fees with proceeds going to Eaves (www.eavesforwomen.org.uk), which supports women who have experienced violence and trafficking.
The Sunflower Jam
Taking place at the Royal Albert Hall on 4th April 2014, this rock and pop extravaganza will feature Deep Purple, Paul Weller, Bruce Dickinson, Glenn Hughes, Rick Wakeman, Joe Brown, Miller Anderson, Steve Balsamo and The Orion Orchestra conducted by Paul Mann. 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. Note: Alfie Boe will no longer be performing due to conflicting commitments. Last few tickets.
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. Tckets cost just £6.
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..