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.
Teenage Cancer Trust
The Royal Albert Hall hosts its annual Teenage Cancer Trust fund-raisers from 19th to 24th April, featuring gigs for David Gilmour, New Order, The Vaccines (plus Everything Everything), Simply Red and John Bishop hosting the comedy on the opening night. Tickets on sale now, from £25.
Channel 4's Comedy Gala
Back for its seventh year and raising funds for the Great Ormond Street Hospital, the 2016 event stars Alan Carr, Kevin Bridges, Michael McIntyre, Russell Kane, Sean Lock, Shappi Khorsandi, Seann Walsh and many more at the O2 Arena in London on 6th May. Tickets range from £40 to £100, with VIP tickets available for £150.
Joss Stone will help to raise funds for Barnardo's with a gig at the Roundhouse in Camden on 15th May. It will be her only headlining gig of 2015, featuring guests who have influenced Joss throughout her career, as well as great support. Tickets cost £50.
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).
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.
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.
Watch this space for more events to be added soon!