South East Wales

Michael Jackson tribute concert set for Cardiff

Michael Jackson's This Is It
Image caption Members of Michael Jackson's family have given their backing to the Cardiff concert

A tribute concert to Michael Jackson is to take place at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium on 8 October.

Producers Global Live Events say many of the world's leading artists will take part in marking 40 years since the start of the singer's solo career.

Jackson died in June 2009 aged 50 while rehearsing for his This Is It tour.

The concert has been backed by members of Jackson's family, including his mum Katherine, sister La Toya, and brothers Tito, Marlon and Jackie.

Mrs Jackson said: "I have been approached by many people with a variety of ventures such as this.

"Global Live Events LLP is the first company to present me with a vision that will produce an authentic and memorable tribute that my son would love."

The company has worked with a range of artists including Abba, The Beatles, Eric Clapton, Madonna, Placido Domingo, and Jackson himself.

Chris Hunt, president of Global Live Events, said: "We wanted to do something decent and worthy of Michael's musical genius yet something fun and authentic that you would envision Michael attending with excitement and joy surrounded by talent that he respected and loved."

It's intended that the concert will raise awareness and funds for Aids Project Los Angeles and two other charities to be announced later, along with confirmation of the line-up.

The Millennium Stadium was previously in the global spotlight when it hosted a Tsunami Relief concert in January 2005.

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