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.
J-Dilla Changed My Life
The annual event hosted by The Doctor's Orders pays tribute to the "life and work of a true Hip-Hop genius", marking 10 years since the passing of the producer and rapper. Guests on the night include DJ Maseo (De La Soul), Phat Kat (Cold Steel), Illa J (J-Dilla's Brother), DJ LoK (Dilla breaks set), Kidkanevil, plus Doctor's Orders regulars DJ Spin Doctor, Shortee Blitz and Mr Thing. It takes place at Scala in Kings Cross on 7th February, with tickets ranging from £10 (rising to £15 once they're gone) or £30 for VIP tickets, with funds going to the J-Dilla Foundation (www.jdillafoundation.org).
Coldplay have announced a special War Child gig at Indigo at the O2 on the same night as their The Brit Awards gig at the O2 Arena on Wednesday 24th February. It will be one of the band's most intimate gigs in years. Tickets on sale now, costing £75, with every penny going directly to help children across the Middle East and Africa who are living with the brutal effects of war (www.warchild.org.uk). Other "Passport to BRITs Week" gigs taking place in the run-up include, Frank Turner, Professor Green and Florence and the Machine.
Stand Up For Shelter
The annual fundraiser for Shelter takes place at the Eventim Apollo on 24th February, featuring Dara Ó Briain, Milton Jones, Nish Kumar and more. Tickets start from £33.50, with proceeds going to Shelter (www.shelter.org.uk), the campaigning charity fighting homelessness in England and Scotland.
Peter Kay hosts a "Dance for Life" at arenas across the UK, including Bournemouth, Newcastle, Cardiff, Aberdeen, Liverpool, Birmingham and Belfast in 2016, between February and April. The 'dance-a-thon parties' will feature state of the art sound and lights as DJ PK takes to the turntables for what promises to be a joyous and unforgettable fundraising experience, with profits going to Cancer Research UK. Tickets now on sale.
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.
Wet Nun is a fund-raising event, featuring Rob Graham from the band, Wet Nuns, celebrating the life of late drummer Alexis Gotts who took his own life in 2014. The event, based in their hometown of Sheffield takes place at the O2 Academy on 5th March, is a celebration of Alexis' life, featuring bands, friends of the band and more, with all proceeds going to local charities and hoping to raise awareness for mental health and suicide issues. Tickets cost just £10, on sale now.
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.
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!