Paul Weller, Tim Minchin, Graham Coxon & Jo Brand for Stand Up and Rock

tickets on sale Friday for the music and comedy gig in aid of Crisis

news: Tuesday 1st November 2011

Paul Weller, Tim Minchin, Graham Coxon and Jo Brand have been announced as the headline acts a music and comedy gig in aid of homelessness charity Crisis called Stand Up and Rock on Tuesday 20 December at the Hammersmith Apollo, London.

Stand Up and Rock comes as Crisis at Christmas marks its 40th anniversary. Since 1972 the charity has provided vital services for homeless and vulnerably housed people. All proceeds from the gig will go towards Crisis' life changing services at Crisis at Christmas and year-round in its Skylight centres across the country.

The event, which will be hosted by Ross Noble, will see Weller playing a full live set showcasing of his hits from down the years right up to his latest 'Wake Up the Nation' album.

Joining the musicians and comedians on stage will be The Choir With No Name made up of homeless people and others on the fringes of society, including clients of Crisis, who last performed for the charity alongside Coldplay in 2010.

Leslie Morphy, Chief Executive of Crisis, said, "We're really excited to have such an incredible array of stars signed up for Stand Up and Rock for our 40th anniversary. Crisis at Christmas has provided vital services for homeless and vulnerably housed people for 40 years. Whilst we should celebrate the lives helped and changed, it is a scandal that homelessness still exists and that we are still needed at all."

Paul Weller, who played a gig for Crisis in 2008, said, "It'll be good to get on stage for Crisis again. In hard times like these more and more people need their help so I'm happy to support Stand Up and Rock as Crisis at Christmas turns 40."

Crisis will be asking gig-goers to sign up to a new campaign, 'No one turned away', calling for the Government to strengthen the law so no one is forced to sleep rough.

In 21st century Britain, it cannot be right that some people are left with no option but to be homeless or sleep rough. It is scandalous that Crisis at Christmas still exists, in fact, it will be busier than ever, as homelessness begins to rise again. With the recession, unemployment and rising living costs, homelessness is already rising, and this is before cuts to benefits, support services and housing really start to bite.

Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday 4 November with standing and seated tickets available ranging in price from £39.50 to £75, and eGigs will have links to buy them then.

article by: Scott Williams

published: 01/11/2011 13:11

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