Words by Smiley Team
Artists have joined forces to raise funds for Ukraine in a concert to be held at the Resorts World Arena in Birmingham on Tuesday, 29 March. Ed Sheeran, Manic Street Preachers and Snow Patrol will share the stage with many others for the two-hour charity event in aid of the Disaster Emergency Committee (DEC).
Nile Rodgers & Chic, Becky Hill, The Kingdom Choir and Tom Odell are among the latest to join the lineup. They follow Camila Cabello, Emeli Sandé and Gregory Porter.
After agreeing to play at the concert, Nile Rodgers said: “In times of trouble you can always count on great musical artists to come together to help bring focus on what really matters. At this moment in time, nothing is more important than showing the people affected by conflict in Ukraine that we stand with them, that we are family.”
Camila Cabello echoed these sentiments, saying: “My heart is breaking for the people of Ukraine. As refugees from Ukraine join millions of other displaced people around the globe, we all have a responsibility.
“One of the biggest needs is to get funds to organisations who can serve these communities directly, so we’re focusing our efforts on doing that as quickly as we can.”
Hosting the show are Capital Breakfast host Roman Kemp, Capital FM’s Marvin Humes and Heart’s Emma Bunton.
Tickets are already on sale and can be bought from Resorts World Arena for £52. The concert will be broadcast across ITV, STV, ITV Hub and STV Player with sponsorship from Marks & Spencers.
Showing music interspersed with footage from Ukraine, the television broadcast will encourage people to donate to the DEC throughout the evening.
The DEC is working hard to distribute urgent supplies such as medicine, food, clothing and shelter to people suffering due to the invasion in Ukraine. This builds on the work of its 15 member organisations which aim to support people around the world inflicted by difficult circumstances.
DONATE: To support people hit by the invasion of Ukraine, donate to the DEC.
SUPPORT: If you want to offer more direct assistance, check out volunteering opportunities with the DEC.