London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire to Host Ukraine Benefit Show

London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire is set to host a benefit concert in Ukraine this month, featuring performances from The Subways, Andy Bell and more.

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‘A Night For Ukraine’ will take place in West London next Friday (March 25), with 100% of proceeds going to the Disaster Emergency Committee‘s (DEC) Ukrainian Humanitarian Fund.

Bell (Ride, Oasis) will take the stage alongside Subways frontman Billy Lunn, Sleeper (acoustic), Get Cape. Wear a cape. Fly, Dodgy, Starsailor’s James Walsh and other artists.

BBC Radio 6 Music DJ Chris Hawkins will host the show, which will also feature comedians such as James Acaster, Shappi Khorsandi, Paddy Young, John Robins and Mark Steel.

The benefit concert is billed as “a stand-up music and comedy variety show, raising money for the DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Fund.” You can find more information and ticket details here.

Many personalities from the world of music and entertainment have shared messages of support and solidarity with the people of Ukraine in recent weeks. Elton John said he was “sorry” at the “nightmare” facing civilians, while Miley Cyrus called for “an immediate end to this violence”.

The likes of Arcade Fire, Patti Smith and Franz Ferdinand have recently performed benefit shows to raise money for those affected by the current crisis. Elsewhere, bands such as Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Iggy Pop, My Chemical Romance and Green Day have canceled their scheduled concerts in Russia and Ukraine.

Talk to NME from London late last month, Ukrainian electro-pop duo Bloom Twins described the current situation in their home country as “terrifying”.

“It really touched us,” singer Anna Kuprienko said. “We were there only two months ago. We hoped that this situation with Russia would not go where it is and that it would resolve itself.

Meanwhile, Factory Records co-founder Alan Erasmus recently traveled to Ukraine to work with humanitarian organizations in the country.

You can donate here at the Red Cross to help those affected by the conflict, or in a number of other ways choose love.

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