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Concert for Ukraine: Nile Rodgers, Becky Hill and Tom Odell added to star lineup for charity event UK News

Three other big names have joined the star-studded lineup of the Concert for Ukraine musical charity event.

Nile Rodgers, Becky Hill and Tom Odell have been announced as part of the roster joining Ed Sheeran, Camila Cabello and Snow Patrol – along with Emeli Sande and Gregory Porter. Radio presenters Roman Kemp, Marvin Humes and former Spice Girl Emma Bunton have also been confirmed to host the concert.

Performances by The Kingdom Choir and Manic Street Preachers will also feature in the two-hour fundraising event, which raises funds for the humanitarian appeal in Ukraine. It will be held on March 29 and will be shown on ITV, STV, ITV Hub and STV Player.

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It is produced by Livewire Pictures, who have all joined forces with the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) and media and entertainment group Global to organize the fundraiser. The show will combine musical performances with short films acknowledging the ongoing relief efforts and the hardships faced by those affected by the conflict.

Viewers will be able to donate money to the cause throughout the evening, with the event taking place at the Resorts World Arena in Birmingham. All sponsorship and advertising revenue generated from the broadcast – estimated to be over £3m – will be donated by ITV to the appeal of the DEC.

ITV to bring music stars together for Concert for Ukraine fundraiser
ITV to bring music stars together for Concert for Ukraine fundraiser

Rodgers, 69, who will perform with the band Chic, said: “In difficult times you can always count on great musical artists to help you focus on what really matters.

“Right now, nothing is more important than showing people affected by the conflict in Ukraine that we are on their side, that we are a family. As we say in our song Everybody Dance, ‘The music does not never give up.”

Cabello, who rose to fame as a member of girl group Fifth Harmony before launching a successful solo career, said: “My heart breaks for the people of Ukraine.

“As refugees from Ukraine join millions of other displaced people around the world, we all have a responsibility. One of the greatest needs is to provide funding to organizations that can serve these communities directly, so we are focusing our efforts on this as quickly as possible.”

Scottish singer Sande said: “I will sing in an attempt to help every human being forced to flee their homes and in solidarity with those who face racial discrimination even in this humanitarian crisis.

“No one should be denied access to relief, aid and the right to cross the border safely, and I am happy to have the chance to support the call of the DEC to help all people whose life has been affected by the conflict.”

Porter said he was “grateful to be able to raise my voice in the choir of peace”, adding: “Together we can show our support for those sadly affected by current world events”.

The event will also see Global hosting a live broadcast from behind the scenes with a show airing on its Heart and Capital networks. Concert For Ukraine will be broadcast live on Tuesday 29 March on ITV and STV, as well as online on ITV Hub and STV Player.

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