Known for hosting amazing gigs to coincide and raise money for its humanitarian work, War Child is ending its campaign Learn to Live with a series of live music shows entitled Safe & Sound, which will take place at Shepherd’s Bush Empire on the 25th, 26th and 27th of November.
The charity, along with the announcement of the shows, have released the names of the headliners of the three-night gig. Previous headliners have included Ed Sheeran, Coldplay, Wolf Alice, Take That, Florence + The Machine, Blur, Calvin Harris and many more.
The first night will be headlined by electronic artist Jon Hopkins, who is just coming off the release of his fifth solo album, ‘Singularity’. Two of his albums Immunity and Diamond Mine have both garnered the producer and collaborator Mercury nominations. Alexis Taylor from Hot Chip will be performing alongside with more guests being announced the night of — the perfect combination to kick off the shows in our opinion.
DIY-artist, Tom Misch, is set to headline the second night and will be joined by his older sister and saxophonist, singer and producer, Laura Misch, alongside a few of his frequent collaborators. Misch’s debut album, Geography, was released in April to rave reviews which we will be surely hearing more of once he takes the stage on the 26th.
Indie-rock band, Everything Everything will be the last group to hit the O2 stage, and their frenetic energy is guaranteed to bring the house down. Their fourth album, ‘A Fever Dream’, was shortlisted for the Ivor Novello and Mercury Prize, so expect the best from the band that’s been going strong since the late ’00s.
Proceeds from the benefit concert will be going to War Child UK as part of its campaign, according to a press release the charity is, “focusing on the voices of the 1 in 6 children who live in war zones globally today. Through twinning London schools with children in war zones, it aims to increase links and encourage understanding of the challenges faced by children growing up in conflict areas. Alongside this, they will be calling on the UK government to prioritise mental health and psychosocial support provision, in schools, for children affected by conflict. It will officially come to an end with the Safe and Sound concerts as a fitting celebration and campaign finale.”
Ticketmaster will also be donating a portion of the booking fee to the Learn to Live campaign.
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