THE MTV STAYING ALIVE FOUNDATION PRESENTS MTV RE:DEFINE 2018

THE MTV STAYING ALIVE FOUNDATION PRESENTS MTV RE:DEFINE 2018

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THE MTV STAYING ALIVE FOUNDATION PRESENTS MTV RE:DEFINE 2018 IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE GOSS-MICHAEL FOUNDATION AND DALLAS CONTEMPORARY HONORING TRACEY EMIN CBE RA

The MTV Staying Alive Foundation, in partnership with Dallas Contemporary and The Goss-Michael Foundation, is pleased to announce this year’s MTV RE:DEFINE benefit will feature contemporary art donations by celebrated British icons Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn and others, which will be auctioned at the world-premiere art exhibition gala. The evening, presented by NorthPark Center, takes place on Friday, April 13, 2018 in their multi-million dollar art installation space: the CenterPark Garden.

 

Tracey Emin is this year’s artist honoree at MTV RE:DEFINE benefit. Often considered one of the most significant British contemporary artists, Emin is best known for her autobiographical and confessional works that span a variety of media including painting, drawing, video, photography, sculpture, neon text and sewn appliqué. Emin’s work has been exhibited extensively internationally, including solo and group exhibitions in America, Japan, Australia, Germany and Holland. Most recently, she unveiled a new permanent public commission in Sydney, “The Distance of Your Heart” (2018).

 

Emin will be donating to the live auction: Its different when you are in love (2016) – a neon text art installation (127 x 39 x 1 inches) – and three gouaches: Dreaming That you were There (2011) 23.23 x 30.71 inches, I wanted to be carried by you (2011) 10 x 13.98 inches, and Thank you (2011) 10 x 13.98 inches.

 

Singer-songwriter Arlissa is also confirmed to perform at this special benefit. The German-born and London-bred artist is best known for her global viral hit ‘Hearts Ain’t Gonna Lie’ with Jonas Blue, which was touted by Idolator as “the first big banger of 2018”. The single has to date racked up over 9.8 million streams on Spotify. Arlissa’s effervescent soulful vocals saw her earmarked in the highly influential BBC Sound of 2013 alongside HAIM, The Weeknd and CHVRCHES early in her career, and opened the door for a collaboration with Nas. A rising star in her own right, Arlissa has also co-written for K-pop giants BTS and even had Nelly Furtado cover her single ‘Sticks and Stones’.

 

The evening will also feature a live auction led by Simon de Pury, and chaired by Maxine Trowbridge and Brooke Davenport to benefit the MTV Staying Alive Foundation and Dallas Contemporary.

 

Since 2011, MTV RE:DEFINE has been recognized as a premiere exhibition and auction in Dallas, TX, raising over $10 million for HIV prevention through MTV Staying Alive, and the Dallas arts community through Dallas Contemporary. This has been made possible thanks to contributions from many of the world’s leading artists including Marc Quinn, Michael Craig Martin, Tracey Emin, Sarah Lucas, Nate Lowman, Sterling Ruby, Damien Hirst, Sarah Morris, Theaster Gates and Kenny Scharf among others.

 

This year’s event marks the 20th anniversary of MTV Staying Alive Foundation and the 40th anniversary of Dallas Contemporary. The exhibition will feature over 50 works, including pieces from some of the world’s foremost contemporary artists: Tracey Emin, Richard Phillips, and Francesco Clemente, amongst others.  Selected works will be on view to the public at NorthPark Center the week before the benefit.  Peter Doroshenko, Executive Director of Dallas Contemporary, remarked: “MTV RE:DEFINE is always the best extravaganza for great food, the best contemporary art, and iconic rock n’ roll – it’s a Dallas event like no other. Tracey Emin will push the limits of cool Britannia and the event’s electric vibe.”

 

“The Dallas community has been such a huge supporter of MTV RE:DEFINE over the years, and we’re thrilled to bring MTV RE:DEFINE back to Dallas again as part of MTV Staying Alive’s 20th anniversary celebrations,” said Georgia Arnold, Executive Director, MTV Staying Alive Foundation.

 

“For the past four years, NorthPark Center has been honored to support the MTV Staying Alive Foundation, Dallas Contemporary and The Goss-Michael Foundation through MTV RE:DEFINE.

We are thrilled to extend our involvement this year by hosting this premier art auction at NorthPark Center in our CenterPark Garden.  It is certain to be an incredible evening, featuring the fabulous work of Tracey Emin and raising much-needed funds for HIV prevention and arts education,” said Nancy A. Nasher, Co-owner of NorthPark Center with her husband David Haemisseger.

 

Tickets to MTV RE:DEFINE 2018 are available at www.mtvredefine.com. For sponsorship information contact Joyce Goss, redefine@gossmichaelfoundation.org.

Frank Lampard OBE to Receive 2018 Legends of Football Honour

Frank Lampard OBE to Receive 2018 Legends of Football Honour

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Frank Lampard OBE to Receive 2018 Legends of Football Honour

One of the most prestigious charity events in football is to induct England, Chelsea, West Ham United, Manchester City and New York City legend Frank Lampard into its roll call of all-time greats.

 

Sponsored by hmv, and with the Premier League as a long-standing supporter of the event, Legends of Football has raised over £7 million for music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins since its first event in 1997.  The charity is dedicated to changing the lives of vulnerable and isolated people.

 

Every year, one of the giants of the game is selected to receive an official stamp of greatness from the football world, joining the likes of John Charles, Sir Stanley Matthews, Brian Clough, Sir Bobby Robson, Sir Alex Ferguson, Kenny Dalglish, Alan Shearer, Eric Cantona and last year’s recipient Steven Gerrard.

 

This year, Frank Lampard is added to the roll of honour as one of football’s modern legends.   Starting his career at West Ham United, he went on to become a Chelsea icon for 13 years before a celebrated spell at Manchester City saw him on his way to finish his career in the US, with New York City in the MLS.

 

Along the way, he played 858 games, scoring 177 goals.  He won 106 caps for England, netting 29 goals and garnered a reputation as the finest goal scoring midfielder of his generation.

 

He won the UEFA Champions League, three Premier League Titles and four FA Cups.  Frank was a key part of Chelsea’s 2009 double winning team and scored the winner in the FA Cup final.  He was captain for their 2012 UEFA Champions League win and played in six major international tournaments for England.

 

“It’s a real honour for me to receive the Legends Of Football award this year,”  says Frank Lampard, “Just seeing my name mentioned amongst those past winners is something to cherish.  I’m looking forward to the dinner on October 8th. I hope to see you there.”

 

Geoff Shreeves, Chairman of Legends Of Football says: “Legends Of Football has become a coveted badge of honour for the greatest footballers over the last 21 years and Frank Lampard fully deserves this honour. His outstanding career saw him win every possible domestic trophy as well as breaking numerous individual records.  We can’t wait to celebrate an extraordinary career.”

 

Legends of Football will celebrate Frank Lampard at their star studded event on 8th October 2018 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.

 

Julie Whelan, CEO of Nordoff Robbins says: “Events like the Legends of Football are vital to us as a charity. Nordoff Robbins receive no government funding and we rely on the generosity of our supporters to keep our services going. We thank everyone involved in this event for their hard work and dedication and a big thank you to all who attend – every penny raised goes directly towards our music therapy delivery, helping us to change more lives through music.”

 

Premier League Executive Chairman, Richard Scudamore says, “Legends of Football is a fantastic event that combines the power and popularity of the Premier League and the music world to support the crucial work of Nordoff Robbins. This year we look forward to celebrating the career of Frank Lampard, who had a remarkable playing career and is a Premier League icon. His professionalism on and off the pitch makes him a great role model for young people and his support for this year’s Legends of Football promises to make it a very special event.”

 

Paul McGowan, Chairman of Hilco Capital, parent company of hmv says: “We are so proud to continue our support for this amazing event. It brings together the football and entertainment worlds to celebrate some of the greatest players and managers of all time, while raising funds for the incredible Nordoff Robbins charity. As a Chelsea fan, I am delighted that this year we will be honouring Frank Lampard, a worthy recipient of a unique award.” 

 

 

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MICHAEL BALL & ALFIE BOE WITH THE RAYS OF SUNSHINE CHILDREN’S  CHOIR & FRIENDS  RELEASE CHARITY SINGLE

MICHAEL BALL & ALFIE BOE WITH THE RAYS OF SUNSHINE CHILDREN’S CHOIR & FRIENDS RELEASE CHARITY SINGLE

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FEATURING AN ALL-STAR CAST: Miranda Hart, Imelda Staunton, Jason Manford, Gareth Malone, Rays of Sunshine Children's Choir & many more…

Michael Ball and Alfie Boe have rounded up some of the biggest names in showbiz to feature on their special charity single ‘Bring Me Sunshine’, to raise funds for children’s charity Rays of Sunshine. The song, originally by comedy duo Morecambe and Wise, will be released on Friday 15th December in conjunction with Decca Records and Universal Music UK, and will be in the running for the Christmas No.1 spot.

 

The all star group includes Miranda Hart, Imelda Staunton, Jason Manford, Gareth Malone, Mel Giedroyc, Gregory Porter, Seal, Angela Rippon, Kelsey Grammer and many more. They are joined by the Rays of Sunshine Children’s Choir, made up of a group of children all living with a serious illness.

 

Rays of Sunshine Children’s Charity grants wishes for seriously ill children and teenagers across the UK. After getting to know the charity, Michael and Alfie have been so moved by their work that they wanted to do more, and so reached out to bring sunshine into the lives of desperately ill children this Christmas.

 

Decca will donate 100% of all profits, whilst committing to a minimum donation of 50p from the sale of each permanent download to Rays of Sunshine (Registered Charity No. 1102529) (England and Wales). The artists and producers will forgo any royalties due to them in connection with this charity single.

 

‘Bring Me Sunshine’ features on Ball & Boe’s recent hit No.1 album ‘Together Again’, which has reached gold disc status, selling 100,000 copies after just 3 weeks in the UK album chart

 

The No.1 album follows the runaway success of the duo’s debut record ‘Together’, which was not only 2016’s best-selling album in the UK, but soared to the Christmas No.1 album slot last year and has reached double-platinum status, with over 600,000 copies sold in the UK.

 

Ball and Boe are currently embarking on another major arena tour across the country, which concludes at London’s O2 Arena tonight (14th December).

 

About Rays of Sunshine

 

Rays of Sunshine Children’s Charity grants wishes for seriously ill children and teenagers across the UK. The charity was founded in 2003 and has since granted more than 6,000 wishes for brave and deserving children. Our work provides hope and creates lasting and precious memories for thousands of families across the UK. The charity receives no government funding, so proceeds will enable us to help more children who greatly need our help. Visit www.raysofsunshine.org.uk

 

 

Michael Ball & Alfie Boe with The Rays Of Sunshine Choir & Friends are:

 

Michael Ball, Alfie Boe, Al Murray, Angela Rippon, Aston Merrygold, Bryn Terfel, Calum Scott, Collabro, Danny O’Donoghue (The Script), Gareth Malone, Gregory Porter, Imelda May, Imelda Staunton, Jason Manford, Kelsey Grammer, Lesley Joseph, Loose Women (Kaye Adams, Nadia Sawalha, Stacey Solomon, Linda Robson), Mark King, Mel Giedroyc, Miranda Hart, Ore Oduba, Pauline Quirke, Rick Wakeman, Seal, Shirley Ballas (Strictly Come Dancing), and the Rays of Sunshine Children’s Choir.

 

Text GET SUNSHINE to 84222 to order Michael Ball & Alfie Boe with The Rays Of Sunshine Children’s Choir & Friends  –  ‘Bring me Sunshine’ (T&Cs – Texts cost £1 + 1 standard rate msg. Help: 0333 0030 580. iPhone Compatible)”

 

To see the latest updates and videos from the duo please go to: ballandboe.com

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MICHAEL BALL | michaelball.co.uk | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

 

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Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall  in association with Aldi

Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall in association with Aldi

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First two headliners for 2018 Announced The concert series turns 18

Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall turns 18 in 2018, with the first two huge headliners announced to celebrate a special birthday.

 

Manchester’s Courteeners are having one the biggest years of their life and return as headliners after supporting Noel Gallagher in 2010. They will play their debut album St Jude.

 

And one of the world’s biggest rock bands, Leicester’s Kasabian will return for the fourth time to continue their incredible support for Teenage Cancer Trust.

 

Since 2000, over 235 artists and comedians have played Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall, raising over £27 million for young people with cancer. These incredible shows have played a vital role in helping the charity to provide 28 specialist cancer units and over 60 nursing and support staff in NHS hospitals across the UK, making an incredible difference to young people diagnosed with cancer around the country. But for every young person Teenage Cancer Trust currently supports, there’s another they can’t. Every penny they raise goes towards their goal of reaching every young person with cancer who needs them.

 

2018’s impressive line-up adds to an extraordinary legacy that has seen unique, once in a lifetime performances like Noel Gallagher and Damon Albarn performing together for the first time ever in 2013, Sir Paul McCartney in 2012, plus everyone from Muse to The Cure, Tinie Tempah, Florence + The Machine, Ed Sheeran, Kasabian, Stereophonics, Paul Weller, Eric Clapton, Robert Plant, Sir Tom Jones and many more. And, of course, some of the greatest concerts of the past 20 years from The Who.

 

Last year hit new heights with the 100th Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall show, performed, of course, by The Who.  There were also incredible performances by Ed Sheeran, Olly Murs, Paul Weller, Pet Shop Boys with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, a night of comedy hosted by Romesh Ranganathan, plus surprise guest appearances by Michael McIntyre and Noel Gallagher.

 

Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall was conceived and curated by the charity’s Honorary Patron Roger Daltrey CBE, the legendary frontman of The Who, and he still plays a vital role in making the shows happen.

 

Roger Daltrey:

“I’m really pleased to announce the first shows for The Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall next March. This will be the 18th year of these concerts for the charity.

 

Courteeners will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of their seminal album St Jude by performing the album in full. They are doing one show in Manchester and we can’t thank them enough for choosing Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall as their London show. It’s going to be a very special night

 

“It’s great to be welcoming back Kasabian, they have been fantastic supporters of this charity since they first headlined for us back in 2007.”

 

Courteeners are Manchester’s own, having built a huge fanbase in their home city and beyond.  They led the city’s response to the Manchester Arena terrorist attack this year by going ahead with a triumphant homecoming gig at Old Trafford to 50,000 fans a few days later.

 

And frontman Liam Fray has been selling out his own acoustic tour, exploring the band’s back catalogue. So for us, they are reliving their celebrated 2008 debut, St Jude, performing the album for an emotional night for its 10th anniversary, before releasing it as an unplugged record – ‘St Jude Re:Wired’ – in April.

 

It’s a great honour and privilege to perform for such a brilliant charity at such a legendary venue,” says Liam Fray, “This will be the first and last time we’ll ever perform our debut album St. Jude in full in London and we’re really pleased to be doing it for a such a great cause.”

 

Kasabian are currently on a 12 date UK Arena tour, playing their latest Number 1 album (their 5th overall) ‘For Crying Out Loud’ for their masses of fans.  Formed in Leicester in 1997, they have become one of Britain’s biggest rock bands, taking on the Britpop mantle into the noughties, fusing club beats with rock n roll over six pulsating albums.

 

Classic hits ‘Club Foot’, ‘Fire’, ‘Shoot The Runner’ and the rest are jostling with new hits like ‘You’re In Love With A Psycho’, making a night out with Kasabian a true 2018 date in the diary.

 

Kasabian singer Tom Meighan says, We love playing the Royal Albert Hall for the Teenage Cancer Trust.  It is a show we have come back to throughout our career for the special atmosphere and the amazing cause.  Our fans love it and we do too, it will be a highlight of 2018 for us.” 

 

This year’s shows are once again generously supported by headline sponsors Aldi who are aiming to raise £5m for the charity, alongside associate sponsors American Airlines and Tangle Teezer.

 

Further incredible support is provided by media partners Absolute Radio, BuzzFeed, and Metro.

 

 

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ROB STRINGER, CEO SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT, RECEIVES THE 2017 MUSIC INDUSTRY TRUSTS AWARD

ROB STRINGER, CEO SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT, RECEIVES THE 2017 MUSIC INDUSTRY TRUSTS AWARD

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ROB STRINGER, CEO SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT, RECEIVES THE 2017 MUSIC INDUSTRY TRUSTS AWARD

Rob Stringer, global CEO of Sony Music Entertainment, last night (Monday November 6th) became the 2017 recipient of the highly prestigious Music Industry Trusts Award. Stringer, one of the most well-regarded, respected and successful executives in the worldwide music business, joined the ranks of previous honourees including Roger Daltrey CBE, Sir Elton John & Bernie Taupin, Sir George Martin, Simon Cowell, Michael Eavis CBE and Annie Lennox OBE.

 

In a London ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel, hosted by BBC radio and television personality Jo Whiley, Nicky Wire of Manic Street Preachers – an artist and band Stringer signed in 1991 as they were starting out – presented Rob with the award. During the evening, the audience enjoyed performances by Harry Styles, Jeff Lynne’s ELO, George Ezra and Camila Cabello, all chart-topping artists who have worked with the executive during his career.

 

The esteem in which Stringer is held by the biggest names in music was further emphasised as guests viewed a unique tribute film, featuring contributions from such superstars as Bruce Springsteen, Barbra Streisand, Adele, Celine Dion, John Legend, Pharrell, Solange and Sade.

 

Attendees on the night included Simon Cowell, Andy Fletcher (Depeche Mode), Ian Broudie (The Lightning Seeds), Kirsty Young, Steve Norman, Gary Kemp, Paloma Faith, Bring Me The Horizon, Mark Ronson, Laura Whitmore, The Script, Hozier, London Grammar, Damon Hill, Jeff Lynne, Manic Street Preachers.

 

Celebrating its 26th year, the Music Industry Trusts Award is recognised as one of the true benchmarks of achievement in the UK music business, and continues to benefit great causes year after year. The MITS Award supports two important charities, the BRIT Trust and Nordoff Robbins, and is sponsored by Ingenious, PPL, SJM and Spotify.

 

A lifelong Luton Town Football Club fanatic, Rob started his career in London at CBS Records as a graduate trainee in 1985. Quickly rising through the ranks, he became Managing Director of Epic Records in 1992, and Chairman of Sony Music UK in 2001. During this time, he worked closely with top UK artists including The Clash, Manic Street Preachers, Jamiroquai, Sade and the late George Michael.

 

Stringer went on to be appointed Chairman of Sony Music Entertainment’s Columbia Records in the US in 2008, and can be credited with the label’s recent stratospheric rise. With a label roster boasting some of the world’s most iconic artists, notably AC/DC, Bob Dylan, Celine Dion, Pharrell Williams and Bruce Springsteen, Stringer has overseen a number of the most ground-breaking releases of the last decade, including the record-shattering “25” by Adele, Beyoncé’s cutting-edge visual album “Lemonade” Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories” and “Blackstar”, the final studio album by David Bowie, with whom Rob personally worked very closely.

 

Stringer’s most recent accomplishments include contributing to the monumental mainstream success of EDM-pop duo The Chainsmokers and, more recently, nurturing Harry Styles’ breakout solo career. Rob was promoted to CEO of Sony Music Entertainment worldwide in October last year.

MOBO Awards Return To Leeds

MOBO Awards Return To Leeds

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The MOBO Awards is returning to Leeds for its 22nd annual celebration of the best in urban music. The prestigious awards show will take place on Wednesday 29 November at the First Direct Arena in Leeds.

 

This will be the second time MOBO has hosted the awards in Leeds, following the show in 2015, which was the fastest selling arena, show in recent years. The evening was glittered with highlights fitting of the leading urban music awards show.

 

FKA twigs gave a tantalising, rare performance with her troupe of dancers, Rita Ora collaborated with hotly-tipped South London rap group Section Boyz bringing on stage the Best Newcomer winners to an audience of thousands, Lethal Bizzle opened the show in pure style arriving in a Lamborghini, Best Female Act winner Ella Eyre stopped everyone dead in their tracks with a mesmerising, stripped back performance of ‘Even If’, while international music star CeeLo Green closed the show with a medley of his greatest hits.

 

Elsewhere there were unforgettable moments like Sir Lenny Henry’s breathless Paving The Way award acceptance speech – which swiftly went viral – and also from Leeds’ very own sports champion Nicola Adams, Idris Elba and the night’s big winner, Stormzy.

 

With preparations for the live show spectacular under way, Kanya King, MOBO Founder and CEO, commented: “We are truly excited to return to Leeds – we had an amazing experience here two years ago thanks to all our partners and a very enthusiastic and welcoming audience. I still have people coming up to me saying what an electrifying show it was. Looking at the list of musical talent this year, it promises to be another exciting celebration of the best in urban music”.

 

The MOBO Organisation was founded in 1996 to champion and elevate urban music genres in the mainstream music industry. Since its inception MOBO has consistently offered opportunities and mass media platforms to countless artists in the broadest range of genres including R&B, Soul, Hip Hop, Jazz, Gospel, Garage, Reggae, Grime and African music. As such, MOBO has played an instrumental role in the careers of UK artists like Craig David, Tinie Tempah, Krept and Konan, Stormzy, Kano, Ms Dynamite, Estelle, Emeli Sandé and So Solid Crew to name a few, giving them their very first big platform on their journey to international success.

 

A long list of international artists have also been part of the annual MOBO Awards celebrations over the years including Lionel Richie, Janet Jackson, P Diddy, Destiny’s Child, 50 Cent, Dionne Warwick, Tina Turner, Jay Z, LL Cool J and Rihanna.

 

LeedsBID’s (Leeds Business Improvement District) Chief Executive, Andrew Cooper, said: “Following the success of 2015, LeedsBID is delighted to bring the MOBO Awards back to Leeds. This has been a demonstration of the powerful partnerships in Leeds, with businesses and public organisations coming together to amplify Leeds and its diverse cultural offer.”

 

Councillor Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council said: “We are delighted to welcome the MOBO Awards back to Leeds following a very successful event in 2015. It is hugely important that as we bid for European Capital Culture we find every opportunity to showcase the cultural diversity of the city on an international stage and MOBO Awards with its support for emerging artists and world wide reputation for championing music of black origin is a fantastic platform for this.”

 

MOBO Awards arena tickets will go on sale on Friday 29 September at 9:00am from www.mobo.com and www.firstdirectarena.com  Prices are £22, £35 and £45 excluding handling charges.

 

VIP packages can be obtained via VIPtickets@mobo.com

Stars assemble for the Teenage Cancer Trust concerts

Stars assemble for the Teenage Cancer Trust concerts

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Stars assemble for the Teenage Cancer Trust concerts

Teenage Cancer Trust returned to the Royal Albert Hall for their 17th Year and it was a very special event. The charity welcomed one of Britain’s biggest popstars, Olly Murs for the first time, Ed Sheeran performed to his faithful fans and Modfather and valued Teenage Cancer Trust supporter Paul Weller and the brilliant Pet Shop Boys with guitar legend Johnny Marr and the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, also graced the stage.

Teenage Cancer Trust’s legendary comedy night continued this year with some of Britain’s best-loved comedians – hosted by Romesh Ranganathan, with guests including Jo Brand, Kevin Bridges, Tom Allen, Russell Kane and Mike Wilmott.

And this year, the 100th show was played by the The Who and Teenage Cancer Trust’s ambassador Roger Daltrey, who performed a new acoustic presentation of ‘Tommy’.

As well as headline acts, famous faces such as Sadiq Khan, David Beckham, Dermot O’Leary and Sadie Frost showed their support for Teenage Cancer Trust, proving how magical and meaningful the shows really are.

Since 2000, over 225 bands and artists have played Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall, raising over £24 million. Those incredible shows have played a vital role in helping the charity to provide 28 specialist cancer units and over 60 nursing and support staff in NHS hospitals across the UK, making an incredible difference to young people diagnosed with cancer around the country.

See what the Telegraph and Evening Standard had to say about the shows.

Naomi Campbell Announces her Save The Children x Fashion for Relief Event

Naomi Campbell Announces her Save The Children x Fashion for Relief Event

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Naomi Campbell Announces her Save The Children x Fashion for Relief Event

Naomi Campbell has announced that her Fashion for Relief event will raise money for Save The Children and its Syrian Crisis Relief fund. As mentioned in British Vogue, ITV’s This Morning, the Daily Mirror and Hello! Magazine, the event will be held in Cannes this May and comes after a visit to the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan, where she witnessed first hand the work Save the Children is doing with child refugees.

In a letter published by British Vogue, Naomi Campbell discussed that despite the challenging circumstances, she was left inspired by the resilience and strength of the children and families she met. Their positivity, aspirations and hopes for the future seem undented despite everything they have been through.

To read her letter with British Vogue, click here.

Tickets to the Fashion for Relief event will go on sale from April 18th via TicketMaster France.

LONDON CABARET CLUB’S TRIBUTE FOR AMY WINEHOUSE FOUNDATION

LONDON CABARET CLUB’S TRIBUTE FOR AMY WINEHOUSE FOUNDATION

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LONDON CABARET CLUB’S TRIBUTE FOR AMY WINEHOUSE FOUNDATION

It has been announced that the The London Cabaret Club is to celebrate the life of the late Amy Winehouse and raise money for the Amy Winehouse Foundation on March 10th 2017.

The event, at London’s Bloomsbury Ballroom, will see the Zebra One Gallery auction one-off artworks and photographs by celebrated artists including Mason Storm, Dan Pearce, Dain, Dom Pattinson and Finn Stone.

Additionally, The London Cabaret Club’s The Best of British Pop special, inspired by Amy, will feature renditions of her greatest hits performed by their award-winning cast and orchestra as well as artists from the foundation’s Amy’s Yard. All of the money raised from these one-off pieces will go to The Amy Winehouse Foundation.

To buy tickets for the event, as well as VIP packages, please click here.

The Amy Winehouse Foundation Featured on BBC Two

The Amy Winehouse Foundation Featured on BBC Two

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The Amy Winehouse Foundation Featured on BBC Two

On Monday 20th February, BBC Two’s Victoria Derbyshire topical morning programme featured ‘Amy’s Place’ – the UK’s only dedicated women-only recovery centre for addiction for those under 30. Set up and ran by The Amy Winehouse Foundation, and instigated by Amy Winehouse’s step-mother Jane Winehouse, the programme is the first to explore the work the foundation is doing to help women of all ages to overcome both alcohol and drug addictions.

Mrs Winehouse, interviewed for the feature, said: “For a lot of them, all they could think about was, ‘If I have to go back to where I was before, I’m just not going to stand a chance.”

Set up in partnership with the housing provider Centra, in the London house each of the 16 occupants gets her own flat, paid for using housing benefit, where they can stay for up to two years. There is a strict policy of no drugs, no alcohol and no overnight guests and they must agree to random drugs tests. Additionally, the women must take part in activities outside the house that can help them stay clean and prepare them for living by themselves.

To see the full feature, click here.

Ed Sheeran Announced for the Teenage Cancer Trust Concert

Ed Sheeran Announced for the Teenage Cancer Trust Concert

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Ed Sheeran Joins Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall

Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall has announced that worldwide superstar Ed Sheeran has joined the already stellar line up of acts to perform at legendary Royal Albert Hall on 28th March.

With his 2017 UK tour already sold out, this is the perfect opportunity to catch Ed in concert in this one off gig. Ed’s hotly anticipated third album titled ‘÷’ (divide) will be released on 3rd March and with his Teenage Cancer Trust show at the Royal Albert Hall just weeks later, this show is one not to be missed.

“It’s an honour to be asked back by the Teenage Cancer Trust for their fundraising week of live gigs,” says Ed, “It’s such an important cause and one that I’m extremely proud to be a part of. See you on March 28 and let’s raise loads of money for young people with cancer!”

Completing the full line up for this year’s Teenage Cancer Trust week are The Who, Paul Weller, Pet Shop Boys with Johnny Marr, Olly Murs, plus an evening of comedy hosted by Romesh Ranganathan – with special guests Jo Brand, Kevin Bridges, Russell Kane, Mike Wilmott and Tom Allen.

Tickets go on sale 9am on Friday 17 February, and the event can be followed on social media with the following:

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MORE ACTS ANNOUNCED FOR THE COMEDY NIGHT OF THE YEAR

MORE ACTS ANNOUNCED FOR THE COMEDY NIGHT OF THE YEAR

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An Evening Of Comedy for Teenage Cancer Trust is now jam packed with even more of the finest comedians the UK has to offer.

We are excited to announce that Seann Walsh, Russell Kane, Mike Wilmot and Tom Allen will be joining Romesh Ranganathan at The Royal Albert Hall this March, to complete an unbeatable line up of laughter.

The evening is already sold out, but a very limited number of choir seats to the left and right of the stage will be released to give more fans a chance to join in the fun. 

Already confirmed to support the amazing Romesh are two longstanding, stand up legends, Jo Brand and Kevin Bridges.  This is the event’s 17th year and it is set to be another special one. And, as ever, as well as welcoming some of the biggest music stars, Britain’s best-loved comedians join us for an evening of comedy in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust.

Since 2000, numerous comedy stars have performed for Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall, helping to raising over £24 million. Those incredible shows have played a vital role in helping the charity to provide 28 specialist cancer units and over 60 nursing and support staff in NHS hospitals across the UK, making an incredible difference to young people diagnosed with cancer around the country. This year is shaping up to be one of the best yet with an amazing comedy line up that will add to an extraordinary legacy that has seen unique, once in a lifetime performances.

As well as welcoming comedy’s finest, Teenage Cancer Trust also brings you some of Britain’s biggest music legends: Alongside two special shows from The Who (March 30th and April 1st), Olly Murs, will perform for us for the first time (March 27th), Modfather and valued Teenage Cancer Trust supporter Paul Weller returns (March 31st) and the brilliant Pet Shop Boys (April 2nd) with guitar legend Johnny Marr and the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra complete the line up of British music legends. 

For tickets, please click here.

Chrysalis Records releases a tribute single for the late MP Jo Cox

Chrysalis Records releases a tribute single for the late MP Jo Cox

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Chrysalis Records releases a tribute single for the late MP Jo Cox

A unique protest single is to be released by a group of music stars and MPs as a tribute to the late MP Jo Cox and her outstanding public service. Under the name ‘Friends of Jo Cox featuring MP4, Steve Harley, Ricky Wilson, KT Tunstall and David Gray,’ the single will be the first to be released on the iconic Chrysalis Records since the label came back into independent ownership earlier this year.

Sales from the song, a cover of the Rolling Stones classic ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ will raise funds for the launch of the Jo Cox Foundation established after her death. The song was chosen as it called for multiple singers and choirs, reflecting a message of togetherness. During a time of growing worldwide political upheaval and uncertainty, the song marks the need for unity and tolerance.

It will be released on December 16th.

As well as the four artists, Kevin Brennan, Sir Greg Knight, Pete Wishart and Ian Cawsey from cross-party parliamentary band MP4, recorded their vocals for the track to show their support. Members of the Parliament Choir and the Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus also joined the stars in the studio to complete this inspiring round up.

Renowned producer Robin Millar, who has worked with countless artists including Sade, Big Country and Everything But The Girl produced the single.

Robin Millar said “This is essentially a protest record as we believe a piece of music can still make a statement. We wanted to create something to show that Jo Cox’s hugely selfless and energetic campaigning must live on through greater unity. 16 MPs from across the political spectrum took part alongside our artists to reflect Jo’s campaigning for Better Together. I hope by making this record we can both honour Jo and help work continue through the Foundation.”

Steve Harley said “I am not really a political animal. But Jo Cox was a cut above and her legacy should be celebrated. Mrs Cox was a truly special person, and the more I learn about her life and work, the more deeply I admire her.”

David Gray said “In an era of public disenchantment that has seen politics discredited by corruption scandals and characterized by political campaigns driven by hateful and divisive language, Jo Cox was that rare thing – someone you could believe in. A dedicated politician working at the heart of her community who believed in a politics of compassion and in building a fairer world. Her violent and untimely death was a tragedy for us all.”

KT Tunstall said “With Jo she was so obviously an incredibly bright light. It’s about coming together and doing something very celebratory in Jo’s honour.” 

Kevin Brennan MP said “MPs from all parties realise we should all try to be a bit more like Jo. The fact that so many people have given up their time for this project to support the causes she cared about shows that she leaves us all a legacy of hope for a better World.”

New acts announced for Teenage Cancer Trust 2017

New acts announced for Teenage Cancer Trust 2017

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New acts announced for Teenage Cancer Trust 2017

Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall returns for the event’s 17th Year and has a host of special acts to help celebrate. As well as The Who performing on March 30th, Olly Murs, Teenage Cancer Trust supporter Paul Weller and the iconic Pet Shop Boys (April 2nd) with guitar legend Johnny Marr and the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, complete the 2017 line up.

Teenage Cancer Trust’s legendary comedy night will also take place with some of Britain’s best-loved comedians – hosted by Romesh Ranganathan, and will include guests Jo Brand and Kevin Bridges, plus more big names to be announced soon.

Since 2000, over 225 bands and artists have played Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall, raising over £24 million. Those incredible shows have played a vital role in helping the charity to provide 28 specialist cancer units and over 60 nursing and support staff in NHS hospitals across the UK, making an incredible difference to young people diagnosed with cancer around the country.

The 100th show will be played, adding to an extraordinary legacy that has seen unique, once in a lifetime performances like Noel Gallagher and Damon Albarn sharing a stage in 2013, Sir Paul McCartney in 2012, plus everyone from Muse to The Cure, Tinie Tempah, Florence + The Machine, Ed Sheeran, Kasabian, Stereophonics, Paul Weller, Eric Clapton, Robert Plant, Sir Tom Jones and many more. And, of course, some of the greatest concerts of the past 20 years from The Who.

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Monday 27 March: Olly Murs

Wednesday 29 March: An evening of comedy hosted by Romesh Ranganathan – with special guests Jo Brand and Kevin Bridges, plus more names to be announced

Thursday 30 March: *100th Show* – The Who Play Tommy

Friday 31 March: Paul Weller

Saturday 1 April: The Who Play Tommy

Sunday 2 April: Pet Shop Boys with Johnny Marr and the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra

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Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 2nd December from:

gigsandtours.com – 0844 811 0051

ticketmaster.co.uk – 0844 844 0444

royalalberthall.com – 0845 401 5030

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Teenagecancertrust.org,

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STARS COME OUT FOR THE PRIDE OF BRITAIN AWARDS 2016

STARS COME OUT FOR THE PRIDE OF BRITAIN AWARDS 2016

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STARS COME OUT FOR THE PRIDE OF BRITAIN AWARDS 2016

From Sir Cliff Richard to Professor Stephen Hawking, the Pride of Britain Awards 2016 was the place to be seen. Sponsored by TSB, the Daily Mirror event was held at Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane and honoured Britain’s unsung heroes who have been nominated by the public and awarded by the events judges.

To see who won an award and who was there, visit the Pride of Britain website here.

INCREDIBLE WINNERS ANNOUNCED AT THE ANIMAL HERO AWARDS 2016

INCREDIBLE WINNERS ANNOUNCED AT THE ANIMAL HERO AWARDS 2016

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INCREDIBLE WINNERS ANNOUNCED AT THE ANIMAL HERO AWARDS 2016

The Animal Hero Awards recognises and celebrates the most inspiring examples of bravery, dedication and resilience in the animal world. This year’s ceremony was hosted by Amanda Holden, at The Grosvenor Hotel on Wednesday 7th September.

The Daily Mirror joined forces with the UK’s leading animal welfare charity, the RSPCA to pick the most inspiring animals along with the individuals and teams who have shown outstanding commitment to improving their lives. Some incredible winners were chosen this year from across 12 different categories, including Rescue Animal of The Year and Vet of The Year.

Guests at the ceremony included Alesha Dixon, Dr Brian May, Lucy Watson, Paul O’Grady, Laura Whitmore and Tom Fletcher.

Find out more about the Animal Hero Awards 2016 here.

THE AMY WINEHOUSE FOUNDATION CELEBRATES ITS 5TH ANNIVERSARY

THE AMY WINEHOUSE FOUNDATION CELEBRATES ITS 5TH ANNIVERSARY

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THE AMY WINEHOUSE FOUNDATION CELEBRATES ITS 5TH ANNIVERSARY

 

The Amy Winehouse Foundation is celebrating its 5th birthday at Camden Market on Wednesday 13th September.

There will be live music, food stalls, and Amy Winehouse-themed nail art stations, as well as the opportunity to learn more about the work the foundation does with local disadvantaged young people.

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Amy Winehouse Foundation launches ‘Amy’s Place’.

Amy Winehouse Foundation launches ‘Amy’s Place’.

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Amy Winehouse Foundation launches 'Amy's Place'.

The Amy Winehouse Foundation has teamed up with Centra Care and Support to provide a new women-only recovery house for those overcoming drug and alcohol addiction.

Opening in East London on Monday 22nd August, the house will pioneer a programme that addresses the specialist needs of female addicts, which are often more complex than their male counterparts. The project also highlights the need for a new approach to support female addicts.

Named ‘Amy’s Place’, the house will provide a lasting legacy of support for women to reintegrate into society with the best possible opportunity of sustaining their recovery and building a fulfilling life.

Amy’s Place will be one of the only projects in the country to bridge the gap between women leaving addiction treatment services and finding independent accommodation. Women in recovery are often overcoming abusive histories and need a safe place to recover before embarking on a new life.

Jane Winehouse of the Amy Winehouse Foundation said: “This project will make such a profound difference to so many young women, enabling them to have a safe environment in which to re-build their lives and put into practice all the learning they have acquired through their treatment journey. Fresh starts are difficult to make; full of challenges, but at Amy’s Place we will give young women the tools and support to help them make this a reality.

There is a huge lack of support to meet the needs of women in this area and we hope ‘Amy’s Place’ will show just how much more effective we can be.”

For more information, click here.

Yusuf / Cat Stevens Launches a Campaign for Child Refugees with London Concert

Yusuf / Cat Stevens Launches a Campaign for Child Refugees with London Concert

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Yusuf / Cat Stevens Launches a Campaign for Child Refugees with London Concert

Legendary singer/songwriter Yusuf / Cat Stevens today launches a campaign to help child refugees in Europe with a charity gig on 14th June at London’s Central Hall, Westminster, and the release of a unique single, He Was Alone.

Yusuf’s charity, Small Kindness is partnering with charities Save the Children and Penny Appeal to raise funds to help people who have made the perilous journey across the Mediterranean to Europe in search of safety. More than 1 million people arrived on European shores in 2015, including 95,000 children who were registered as travelling alone without their parents to care for them.

“While the world faces incomprehensible numbers and statistics created by the refugee crisis the tragedy and story of a single soul gets missed. It was difficult to stand by just watching this tragedy without trying to do something. I simply decided to help humanize the narrative and lend my voice to the call for keeping hearts and doors open to every refugee, especially youngsters, who have lost what future they might have once hoped for,” says Yusuf / Cat Stevens.

Many of the children who have risked everything to reach Europe know nothing more than conflict, violence and forced displacement. Their current deplorable conditions offer little hope for their futures as they waste the best years of their lives in refugee camps, detention centres and behind border fences and walls. As a result, refugee children are five times less likely to attend school than other children in the countries in which they are displaced, so Save the Children is calling for international governments to commit to ensuring that no child refugee is out of school for more than a month.

Kirsty McNeill, Executive Director of Policy, Advocacy & Campaigns at Save the Children says: We cant thank Yusuf/Cat Stevens enough for helping us to raise invaluable funds and awareness of the situation that child refugees across Europe are facing. With the average length of displacement for a refugee estimated at 17 years almost an entire childhood public awareness and campaigns such as Yusufs / Cat Stevens are essential to helping child refugees have the chance of an education and a future.

Watch He Was Alone here:  http://www.smallkindness.org.uk

The support for this cause has also been strengthened by a growing list of celebrities and stars, including Ricky Gervais, Steve McQueen, Naomi Campbell, Emma Thompson, Pete Townsend, Bob Geldof, Gary Kemp, Naomie Harris, Ben Elton, Kim Kardashian West, Khloe Kardashian, Blondie, Jude Law, New Order, Eliza Doolittle, Ronan Keating, Sheryl Crow, Omid Djalili, Queen and Miley Cyrus’ Happy Hippie Foundation. 

You can help our campaign by using the hashtag #youarenotalone on social media, buying a ticket for the concert or simply donating whatever possible towards the appeal at the following charities:

Tickets on sale here: www.ticketmaster.co.uk

http://www.savethechildren.org.uk/about-us/emergencies/child-refugee-crisis-appeal

http://www.smallkindness.org.uk/

http://www.pennyappeal.org.uk/

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