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Paul Weller, Tim Minchin, Graham Coxon, Jo Brand and Ross Noble to Stand Up and Rock for Crisis

STAND UP and ROCK

Paul Weller, Tim Minchin, Graham Coxon and Jo Brand will headline Stand Up and Rock: a music and comedy gig in aid of homelessness charity Crisis on Tuesday 20 December at the Hammersmith Apollo, London. The event will be hosted by Ross Noble.

Weller will be playing his full live set showcasing some of his most iconic songs from down the years right up to his acclaimed Wake Up the Nation album.

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.

Joining the musicians and comedians on stage will be The Choir With No Name, an acclaimed choir 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.

Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday 4 November at www.gigsandtours.com and www.ticketmaster.co.uk. Both standing and seated tickets are available ranging from £39.50 to £75.00.

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.”

Tim Minchin said: "Stand Up and Rock for Crisis is going to be an amazing night. Such a unique mix of acts, and a huge milestone for this brilliant charity. Can't wait."

Graham Coxon, who has played in support of Crisis in 2008, said: “I am honoured to be supporting Crisis again, the work they do is so important and this is going to be a great night.”

Jo Brand said: “Having volunteered for Crisis myself I know first hand the wonderful work this charity does. All the money raised by the gig will go towards Crisis’ life-changing projects at Christmas and year round so I’m proud to be a part of Stand Up and Rock.”

Ross Noble said: “Very excited to be hosting Stand Up and Rock – I’m a massive fan of all the acts and it’s an important cause, particularly at the moment. It promises to be a special night of, well, stand up and rock really.”

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.

This event is held in association with SJM concerts.

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