An ever-increasing amount of bands and artists are doing their bit to help the NHS during the coronavirus crisis, Getitntothis’ Lewis Ridley has the latest.
Fatboy Slim has announced that he will be performing a free concert for NHS and frontline workers at the Brighton Centre on Wednesday, 28 October 2020.
Tickets are available to reserve via an application process online for just one of the gigs that have been announced for our heroic NHS workforce.
Manic Street Preachers will also play two shows in December in support of the NHS.
Their only Welsh dates this year, the gigs at Cardiff Motorpoint Arena will be on December 4 and 5, dates when there can be a reasonable expectation that normal life will have rebooted.
Last month, Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbot have announced they will play a free show for NHS staff working on the frontline during the current coronavirus pandemic.
The former members of the Beautiful South gave away 9,000 tickets for the show at Nottingham’s Motorpoint Arena in October.
All NHS staff, including “doctors, nurses, support workers, porters and cleaners” were welcome to apply for a ticket for the gig on Tuesday, 13 October.
Liam Gallagher followed, with an announcement of a huge free concert for NHS workers at the O2 Arena in London.
The gig, on Thursday, 29 October will also see Primal Scream take to the stage in support of the frontline workers.
— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) March 26, 2020
Gallagher was also part of an initiative last week that saw himself, Arctic Monkeys and Chemical Brothers amongst the artists launching the NHS Fest music raffle to benefit staff.
For entry of £5 to be donated to the NHS, fans could get their hands on prizes such as a pair of extremely rare signed Adidas LG Spezial trainers, signed Bring Me The Horizon guitar, visit filming of Peaky Blinders and loads more besides.
Meanwhile, in Liverpool, Mike Jones of rock outfit Vulture Cult has launched a brand new rock compilation in aid of the NHS.
Sustain sees bands including Raised By Wolves, Three From Above and Reaper come together to create an album with all proceeds going to NHS Charities Together in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Comedy Trust, based at Liverpool’s Royal Court, have re-recorded Ken Dodd‘s famous song Happiness in aid of the NHS, alongside The Ken Dodd Charitable Foundation.
His 1964 single has been recorded by a raft of stars from all forms of showbiz, including Ricky Tomlinson, Glenda Jackson, Rick Astley, Jimmy Tarbuck, Shirley Ballas, Claire Sweeney, Les Dennis and Carol Decker.
Tomlinson, who is filmed singing in his bath, said; “We saw Madonna in her bath having a go, so we thought it’s time we did an authentic Scouse song to get the nation smiling again and say a huge thank-you to all our amazing NHS staff.”
In more music releases, Beverley Knight has headed up the release of a cover of Billy Withers’ Lean On Me.
Recorded across 30 studios, the track includes Joss Stone and is set to raise money for NHS Charities Together and the You Okay, Doc? charity.
Florence Welch has also released the previously unreleased song Light Of Love.
Originally recorded for Florence and the Machine’s last album, High As Hope, Florence will be donating all her income from this song to The Intensive Care Society Covid-19 fund.
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