War Child BRITs Week announces line-up for 2018

With Deaf Havana, Laura Marling, Wolf Alice and more are back in London for the first time since 2015. 

War Child BRITs Week together with O2 returns for 2018 with a stellar line-up. The series of gigs gives fans the opportunity to see the biggest names in music in intimate venues across London and for the first time since 2015, Manchester while simultaneously raising money and awareness for children whose lives have been torn apart by war.

Two-time BRIT Award nominee Jessie Ware, BRITs Critics Choice winner Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, Best British Female Solo Artist winner and multiple BRITs nominee Laura Marling, pop sensations The Vamps, art-electro indie rockers and multiple BRITs nominees alt-J, breakthrough rock band The Amazons, UK alt-rock band Deaf Havana performing a reworked set exclusively for War Child, superstar Norwegian DJ, record producer and songwriter Kygo and American soul outfit Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats will all be performing at intimate venues across the capital.  Plus, new to BRITs Week for 2018, fans in Manchester will be able to see twice BRITs nominated four-piece Wolf Alice play an exclusive set at Manchester’s Gorilla.

As part of the music event, Warner Music UK, Sony Music UK, Universal Music UK have each curated a night to showcase their most exciting new talent.

The prize draw for entry opens at 9:00 on Friday 19 January and closes on Monday 5 February. To enter the prize draw to win tickets to see the artist of their choice music fans can make a £5 donation at www.britsweekwarchild.co.uk. To maximise the chance of winning, fans can enter as many times as they like. There will also be a limited number of tickets for sale from the same date.

Liana Mellotte, Head of Music, Entertainment & Development at War Child says: “This year War Child turns 25 and has helped hundreds of thousands of children cope with the devastating effects of war. Since our first music fundraiser, it’s amazing and very humbling for us to be working with some of the world’s best music talent a quarter of a century later. It’s testament to the musicians who generously donate their time and talent to stand up for the rights of children in the most horrendous circumstances. Every year, we’re overwhelmed by the support of those musicians, their fans and our partners O2 who make this such a special time for War Child”

In 2017 War Child raised a phenomenal £567,000 by staging spectacular shows together with O2 as part of BRITs Week. Thousands of people applied for tickets to see artists including Craig David, Tinie Tempah, Richard Hawley and Paul Weller. The money helps fund War Child’s vital work delivering solutions protecting and educating children in some of the world’s worst conflict areas, such as Afghanistan, Jordan, Iraq, Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Yemen.

Geoff Taylor, Chief Executive BPI & BRIT Awards, says: “BRITs Week is one of my favourite times of the year, when an eclectic mix of brilliantly talented artists come together in the exciting run up to the BRIT Awards to raise money and awareness for children whose lives are shattered by war, and at the same time celebrate the wonderful diversity of British music.”

“This year we have an amazing 10 gigs on 8 nights, when we as fans can enjoy intimate performances from outstanding artists, while being reminded of the incredible power of music to do good and to help change people’s lives for the better. We are thrilled to be supporting War Child on its 25th anniversary.” he continues.

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