Comedian John Bishop and BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show DJ Nick Grimshaw will join the star-studded line-up taking part in the Give It Up for Comic Relief gig held next Wednesday (6 March) at Wembley Arena.
The concert, spearheaded by Russell Brand, seeks to raise money for, and create awareness of, those affected by drug and alcohol addiction.
The concert includes music performances by Jake Bugg, Paloma Faith, Noel Gallagher, Kasabian, Jessie J, Rizzle Kicks, Emeli Sande and Nicole Scherzinger; and comedy acts from Simon Amstell, Frankie Boyle, Doc Brown, Jimmy Carr, Noel Fielding, Eddie Izzard, and Jason Manford. Nick Grimshaw will DJ on stage as audience members arrive.
Backstage coverage from Give It Up for Comic Relief will be hosted by Jo Whiley on BBC Radio 2 from 8pm on Wednesday 6 March. BBC Three will broadcast the gig from 10pm on Wednesday 6 March and BBC One will screen the concert on Friday 8 March at 11.35pm.
The concert is produced by Live Nation and money raised will be spent by Comic Relief to help support people affected by drug and alcohol addiction.
To buy tickets for Give It Up For Comic Relief visit: www.ticketmaster.co.uk/giveitupforcomicrelief.
Notes to editors
- Red Nose Day 2013 is heading your way on Friday 15 March when the great British public will once again be asked to Do Something Funny for Money.
- Raising cash this Red Nose Day can help to change lives forever. That’s because Comic Relief spends the money raised to help change the lives of poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged people across the UK and Africa.
- Comic Relief was launched on Christmas Day in 1985, live on BBC One. At that time, a devastating famine was crippling Ethiopia and something had to be done. That something was Comic Relief. The idea was simple – Comic Relief would make the public laugh while they raised money to help people in desperate need. Before too long, Red Nose Day was created and the first ever event in 1988 raised a staggering £15m.
- This year, 2013, marks the 25th anniversary of Red Nose Day which has raised over £600m and helped to change lives both in the UK and Africa.
- Comic Relief, registered charity 326568 (England/Wales); SC039730 (Scotland)
Suzanne Vickers firstname.lastname@example.org, DL: 0207 820 2520