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 generously.
Oxjam will stage a number of events across the UK in October, including Islington (featuring Maps - DJ Set, Sam and the Womp (DJ set), Katalina Kicks and more), Clapham (Terri Walker, Joe Wilkes, Stellify [London] and more), Carlisle at the Old Fire Station, Reading at the Purple Turtle and the Cluny in Newcastle. Tickets start from just £7 and help raise needed funds for Oxfam.
Mike and the Mechanics
In support of Diabetes UK (www.diabetes.org.uk) on 10th October at London's O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire, the ex-Genesis performer Mike Rutherford will assemble his Mechanics and guests for a one-off exclusive show. Tickets are in short supply but still available for this End Of Tour Party.
Laugh Till It Hurts
Laugh Till It Hurts in Aid Of Save the Children, featuring Joe Wilkinson, Ed Gamble, Lloyd Langford, Jenny Collier, Paul Tonkinson, Jeff Innocent, Carl Donnelly, Kelly Convey and MC for the night: Gordon Southern at the Leicester Square Theatre on 11th October. Tickets cost £15.
BBC Children In Need Rocks
BBC Children In Need Rocks at the Wembley SSE Arena on 19th October, with Bananarama, OMD, Boy George, Erasure, Europe, Imagination featuring Leee John, Jason Donovan, Katrina Leskanich [Formerly of The Waves], Louisa Johnson, Nick Heyward and Ali Campbell and more. Tickets start from just £25, rising to £35.
Rival Consoles, Justin Robertson (Skint/BMG) and Alex Banks (Monkeytown) other leading lights of the British electronica scene play a special Electronica Helps at Omeara near London Bridge on 27th October. Tickets cost £15 and the event will raise funds for The Neuro Foundation (www.nfauk.org).
The Barnardo's Young Supporters Concert returns to the Royal Albert Hall on 1st November, delivering a special concert to help raise money to transform the lives of the most vulnerable children in the UK. The concert involves a massed choir of 1300 young people singing various medleys conducted by Douglas Coombes MBE.
Roar With Laughter
On 30th November, the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith will once again Roar with Laughter as Katherine Ryan, Sara Pascoe, Terry Alderton, Rob Deering and more help tickle the audience's funny bones. And all in the name of the Zoological Society of London (www.zsl.org), helping raise funds for ZSL's global conservation projects. Tickets start from just £16, rising to £44.
Peter Kay's Dance For Life
Peter Kay's Dance For Life comes to venues in Coventry, Liverpool and Manchester from January to March 2018. The arenas (Ricoh - Coventry, Echo Arena - Liverpool and Manchester Central) will be turned into enormous dance floors, featuring state of the art sound and lights. Peter Kay will be on the turntables for what promises to be a joyous and unforgettable fundraising experience. Fancy dress is optional. Tickets from £28.50. All net profits to go to Cancer Research UK.
Laugh Till It Hurts
in aid of mental health charity Mind (www.mind.org.uk) at the Leicester Square Theatre on 11th February with a line-up of laughter to be announced. Tickets cost £15.
And there's more
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