War Child BRITs Week Together with O2 returns for its fifth year and strongest series of gigs yet, giving fans the opportunity to see the biggest names in music in intimate venues across London – all whilst raising money for children whose lives have been torn apart by war. War Child UK raised an estimated £650,000 through BRITs Week shows last year, a significant increase year on year by the organisation. BRITs Week is produced by AEG Presents, BPI and War Child, the charity for children affected by conflict, together with O2.
London will once again play host to a plethora of artists through a number of special gigs taking place between 11th and 22nd February around the BRIT Awards to celebrate another phenomenal year for British music.
Seven-time British chart topper and Grammy award winner Jess Glynne, International chart toppers and BRIT award winning The 1975, 2018’s biggest-selling UK debut artist, Anne-Marie, critically acclaimed BRIT nominee Jake Bugg with rising star Jade Bird, heartfelt rock band You Me At Six, Critics’ Choice nominee 2018 Mabel and quick-witted London rapper AJ Tracey will all be performing in intimate and special venues across the capital. Plus, revered singer-songwriter Frank Turner will be DJing and curating a night with Xtra Mile Recordings featuring Johnny Lloyd and their most exciting talent.
Fans will also be given a rare opportunity to catch Bristol rock band IDLES who had a top 5 UK album in 2018, renowned singer-songwriter Nick Mulvey, the potent combination of alternative-rock and electronic soundscapes from Enter Shikari, acclaimed British DJ and broadcaster DJ Semtex, Ivor Novello winning songwriter Tom Odell and festival headliners Bring Me The Horizon. Living legend and one of the primary members of the inimitable Squeeze, Chris Difford, will also be offering a songwriting masterclass at the BRIT School.
The prize draw is open now and closes at 23:59 pm, Monday 4th February. To enter the prize draw and win tickets to see the artist of their choice music fans can make a £5 donation to War Child 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 Friday 18th January.
A limited number of tickets for some of the shows will be available to buy exclusively to O2 customers via Priority Tickets from 9am Wednesday 16th January.
War Child BRITs Week will be partnering with Twickets across all shows as their ethical resale partner to ensure tickets for the shows can only be sold at face value.
Nina Bibby, Chief Marketing Officer at O2 comments; “This year is a particularly special year for O2 as it marks our tenth year partnering with War Child. BRITs Week together with O2 continues to offer unforgettable live music experiences, with some of the biggest names in the industry performing in such intimate venues. Each gig will tell the story of a child affected by war and the invaluable work that War Child do to help these children all over the world. Through Priority, O2 customers can not only get exclusive access to Priority Tickets 48 hours before general release but also help to raise funds for this vital cause.”
Jim Benner, Global Music Lead, War Child UK added, “It’s amazing to see the music industry coming together once again to support children affected by conflict across the world. We’re looking forward to creating more wonderful moments and as ever we’re overwhelmed by the incredible support of some of the best artists making music right now. In 2019 we’re celebrating 10 years of partnering with O2 and with their support and the continued dedication of music fans together we’ve changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of the world’s most vulnerable children.”
Geoff Taylor, Chief Executive BPI & BRIT Awards, said: “It’s always great to welcome back BRITs Week, which has now become such an integral part of the build up to The BRIT Awards with Mastercard each year, and which also raises much needed funds for the vital work of War Child. Working with our valued partners AEG, O2, and War Child – we continually strive to develop the event as a celebration of diverse British music, showcasing the next wave of exciting new talent and celebrating another phenomenal year for British music”
Simon Jones, Senior Vice President of Live Music International, AEG Presents comments, “It’s fantastic to see BRITs Week going into 2019 and its strongest line up since we began 5 years ago. These shows have become a great industry fixture around the BRIT Awards, and all the artists, managers, and labels coming together working with BPI, AEG and War Child to raise a huge amount of money for children in conflict is a really wonderful thing that should be celebrated, and long may it continue!”