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.
Wings and Wheels
Wings and Wheels returns to Dunsfold Aerodrome over the August bank holiday weekens, on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th August 2016. The event celebrates the long history of British aviation and motoring and helps to raise funds for the Brooklands Museum and Help for Heroes. Tickets cost £22 for adult day tickets or £50 for family day tickets (2 adults and 3 children).
Barnardo's mark their 150th year with a special comedy gig as part of the Edinburgh Fringe, with Jason Byrne, Joe Lycett, Mark Watson, Holly Walsh, Jo Caulfield, Larry Dean, David O'Doherty playing the EICC on 23rd August. Tickets cost £20.
The Big Swim
Taking place yearly at Port Gaverne Beach in Cornwall, The Big Swim helps to raise funds for local charities that support our fragile coastal communities. The 2016 event features Super Serious Swim, Serious Swim, Not So Serious Swim and Little Swim categories. The event takes place on Sunday 28th August with tickets range from £14 to £22.50 and £44.
Macmillan Cancer Support
Macmillan Fest 2016 takes place at Rock City/ Stealth in Nottingham on 3rd September, boasting an impressive line-up of rock and metal, including Sikth, InMe, Area 11, Blood Youth, Liberty Lies, Patriot Rebel, Seafret, The Qemists and more across four spaces. Tickets cost just £15.
Kaiser Chiefs head-up "Rock 'N' Raise" with Kodaline at Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle on 11th September. Tickets on sale now from £25 with funds raised going to Teenage Cancer Trust, Nordoff Robbins and the Graham Wylie Foundation.
The Zutons have announced a special home-town reunion gig in honour of the late Tramp Attack/ Hollyoaks man, Kristian Ealey who died in May, this year. The concert will take place on 30th September at Liverpool Guild of Students. Tickets cost £25.
Musicians Against Homelessness
Musicians Against Homelessness host a series of events across the UK this autumn, helping to raise awareness of the problems of homelessness in the UK with gigs featuring the likes of KAV (Stone Roses), John McCullagh, The Bronsons and many more from September to October, priced from just £5.50.
Roar With Laughter
Back for its fifth year at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith, Roar With Laughter will feature Dara Ó Briain, Seann Walsh, Alan Davies, Sara Pascoe, Kevin Eldon and Greg Burns on 18th November. Tickets range from £15 to £36.25, with funds raised in aid of the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) to help their work around the globe which helps combat illegal wildlife trade.
Punx Against Cancer returns to Wakefield's Warehouse 23 on 3rd December, featuring GBH, Vice Squad, Peter and the Test Tube Babies, The Lurkers, Drongos For Europe and Infa-Riot. Tickets cost £20, with proceeds going to Macmillan Cancer Support.
Merry Little Christmas concert at the iconic St Paul's Cathedral on 13th December. An eveningof celebrity readings and headline music performances as well as some traditional Christmas carols. Russell Watson is a special guest at this year's event, which will see Childline and Dame Esther Rantzen celebrate 30 years of Childline. Tickets on sale Monday (5th September) at 9am, from £22.
Watch this space for more events to be added soon!