Friendly Fires and Billy Bragg join Frank Turner, Miles Kane and more for Able2 UK August 2012 fundraiser

Posted: 31st July 2012
Steve Cradock, Zane Lowe plus special guests also on the bill for Roundhouse charity extravaganza, tickets on sale now
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On 20th August, Camden's renowned venue the Roundhouse will be hosting an incredible fundraising concert for disability-awareness organization Able2 UK. We have already told you that the show will feature hugely-popular songwriter and Olympic Ceremony performer Frank Turner will appear with a solo set, alongside acclaimed Brit-rock songwriter Miles Kane, Ocean Colour Scene's Steve Cradock and DJ Zane Lowe.

Now two new names have just been added to the inaugural event - English protest-folk hero Billy Bragg and Friendly Fires!! The Mercury Music Prize nominees will bring a vibrant set of songs from hit albums 'Pala' and the self-titled debut, as well as a few surprises.

Tickets for the evening are available via us now and cost just £30. Both sets of Friendly Fires and Frank Turner fans take note: Neither act currently has another show booked in the capital, which makes this worthy gig a bit of an exclusive that is unless they are all appearing at the Olympic Closing Ceremony!!

In addition, organizer and Able 2 UK founder Howard Thorpe has promised more 'mystery guests' as well as promotional events designed to increase awareness of disabilities and, most importantly, raise much-needed funds for venues and promoters across the UK wanting to improve their disabled facilities. It should be noted that the Roundhouse has been chosen for its excellent disabled access and facilities. Thorpe explains:

"Having cerebral palsy myself , it saddens me that to date I can not name any live music event dedicated to disability. Disabled people still face discrimination albeit offending remarks in public or, even worse, those who do not understand the vast achievements most disabled people are capable of. There is also a lack of accessible requirements at many live music events. Funding from the ABLE2 concert will go towards improving the facilities to improve disabled access, not only for wheelchair users, but for the deaf, blind and those with co-ordination barriers."

If you cannot make it to the show, why not donate to Able2 UK by clicking here or by reading Howard's full statement about the concert and much more:

Paul Pledger