War Child and O2 are proud to announce the incredible full line-up, dates and venues for Passport Back To The Bars, a week of one-off events offering incredible access to some of the biggest names in music in the most intimate venues – supporting War Child after an unprecedented year of violence for children in war zones.

Artists performing special shows include: Duran Duran, Elbow, Bastille, The Vaccines, You Me At Six and Ride (Mark Gardener and Andy Bell acoustic show). Each will be playing intimate venues including Duran Duran gracing the splendour of Wilton’s Music Hall, London’s oldest remaining Grand Music Hall; Mark and Andy from Ride performing their first show together for over 20 years in the iconic surroundings of The 100 Club; Elbow returning to perform a stripped down set at the 200 capacity The Roadhouse in Manchester, where they worked behind the bar while forming the band; and Bastille putting on an incredibly intimate show for 100 lucky people in a living room in North London.

Produced by War Child, O2, the Music Managers Forum and part of BRITs Week 2015, these will be the smallest gigs making the biggest difference.

Tickets to all shows are available by lottery. Lottery tickets are available now from www.warchild.org.uk/passport or by texting the bands keyword to 88450. Each entry costs £4.50 and gives a chance of winning a pair of tickets to the chosen show. And each entry makes an important donation to War Child, with all profits going to help the child victims of war.

A limited number of tickets to all shows will be available exclusively to O2 customers via Priority. From 9am, 26th January, O2 customers can enter into the prize draws for all the shows through the O2 Priority app. In addition, one lucky customer will be selected at random to win a golden passport. Not only will this give them access to all the events, but also accommodation and transport, giving them the opportunity to experience the full variety of music on offer through the six events. O2 are paying a donation to War Child for each ticket allocated. Terms apply, see o2.co.uk/terms when the prize draw is open.

The full line up details:

February 16th: The Vaccines, Dublin Castle, London
Text VACCINES to 88450

February 19th: Duran Duran, Wilton’s Music Hall, London

Text DURAN to 88450

February 19th: RIDE, 100 Club, London

Text RIDE to 88450

February 22nd: You Me At Six, Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, London

Text YMAS to 88450

February 23rd: Bastille, Sofar Sounds Living Room Gig, London

Text BASTILLE to 88450

February 24th: Elbow, The Roadhouse, Manchester

Text ELBOW to 88450

Lottery tickets to all shows are available from www.warchild.org.uk/passport

All venues are tiny – between 100 and 300 capacity – giving fans amazing close-up access.

This marks ten years since War Child’s original Passport Back To The Bars shows for victims of the Iraq war, when acts included The Cure, David Gray, Elbow, Pet Shop Boys, Supergrass and Amy Winehouse.

All the money raised will support War Child’s vital work saving children from the brutal effects of war including Syria, Iraq and Gaza. These stripped back, intimate shows for a few hundred fans will have a life-changing impact for thousands of vulnerable children.

Elbow’s Guy Garvey says: “Elbow are proud to have been associated with War Child for over a decade. The work that War Child continues to do throughout the world is truly humbling.  We were part of the original Passport shows, and to be able to participate again on its 10th anniversary is amazing. To return to The Roadhouse, our spiritual home in Manchester, just makes it even better.”

Nina Bibby, Marketing and Consumer Director, O2, says: “We’re proud to be continuing our long standing partnership with War Child in support of the incredible work they do. By giving O2 customers exclusive access to such a stellar line-up of artists, we are continuing our commitment to giving them the chance to experience the music and artists they love, this time in even more intimate venues.”

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