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.
Laugh Till It Hurts
Mark Dolan is MC for a night of comedy at KOKO on 25th November, boasting Adam Buxton, Jeff Innocent, Lloyd Langford, Kevin Day, Paul Sinha, Nish Kumar in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Tickets cost £10 - and we have limited 2 for the price of 1 offer (just select the '2-4-1 offer' option when prompted.
Mark Watson and guests head to The Portico Gallery in West Norwood on 28th November, featuring music from Frances Eva Lea, Lauren Bannon, St Thomas and a DJ set from Michael Johnson, helping to raise funds for The Moldova Project. The Moldova Project aims to support the most vulnerable children in Moldova by creating long-term solutions to improve their quality of life. Tickets cost just £15.
BBC WM's Generation Strictly
BBC West Midlands presenters and staff join the five "Generation Strictly" couples, aged between 14 and 72, to perform their dances for Children in Need at the Tower Ballroom in Birmingham on 3rd December. Tickets cost just £6.
Manchester City Santa Stroll and Dash
The annual Santa Stroll and Santa Dash take place at Manchester City's Etihad Stadium on 6th December. Tickets cost £5 for kids, £10 for adults or £25 for a family ticket for the stroll or £10 for the dash, with proceeds going to City in the Community (https://www.mcfc.co.uk/the-club/city-in-the-community).
The Kaiser Chiefs will play a one-off home-town show at the O2 Academy Leeds on Thursday 10th December with all profits going to CLIC Sargent (www.clicsargent.org.uk) and Leeds Children's Charity (www.leedschildrenscharity.org.uk). Tickets cost £35, on sale now.
Macmillan Cancer Support
Macmillan Cancer Support - Carols by Candlelight at St Paul's Church in Knightsbridge on 10th December, an evening of fun and festivity with your favourite carols sung by Vox Cordis with ginger wine and mince pies. The concert will be presented by Television Newsreader and Presenter Kay Burley. Tickets cost £25, with proceeds to Macmillan Cancer Support (www.macmillan.org.uk).
Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott return to Manchester's Academy on 12th December for a HOPE for Christmas II gig - a benefit gig to raise funds for a number of campaigns and charities that make a change. Tickets cost £25.
Mencap Grand Opera Gala takes place at the Brighton Centre on 19th December, featuring the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra plus bass-baritone, Henry Waddington, sopranos Giselle Allen and Yvonne Howard plus many more, brining you a spectacular one-off evening of grand opera. Tickets start from £30 and will raise fund for the learning disability charity (www.mencap.org.uk).
Voice in a Million
Voice in a Million returns to the Wembley SSE Arena 2nd and 3rd March 2016 - its fifth consecutive year at the arena and having sold out last year, there are now two nights. Voice in a Million this year (VIAM2016) features a different children's choir of over 6,000 each night, supporting some of Britain's finest young talent; and a host of guests including The Destiny Africa Children's Choir from Uganda and one of the finalists from this year's Britain's Got Talent, Calum Scott. Voice in a Million heps raise awareness to the plight of millions of children worldwide, that are orphaned, abandoned or separated from their birth parents. Tickets range from £22 to £50.
Watch this space for more events to be added soon!