PROUD to see my adopted home city Birmingham staging the big Ukraine benefit gig last night starring Ed Sheeran, Gregory Porter, Snow Patrol and many more – and raising a staggering £13.4 million.
Tickets for the Tuesday March 29 supershow at Resorts World Arena on the National Exhibition Centre campus sold out in 40 minutes.
Chart stars and Voice judges Anne-Marie and Paloma Faith, Ukraine Eurovision winner Jamala and violinist Nicola Benedetti were late additions to the show, which was broadcast live on ITV terrestrial television.
Other big names already announced included Camila Cabello, whose cover of Coldplay’s Fix You was a highlight, Emeli Sandé, Nile Rodgers & Chic, Tom Odell, the Kingdom Choir, Becky Hill and Manic Street Preachers.
Here’s the full setlist as it was broadcast. If you were there, the order was slightly different to allow for TV editing.
- Snow Patrol – Run
- Emeli Sande & The Kingdom Choir – Brighter Days
- Tom Odell – Another Love
- Anne Marie – Beautiful
- Jamala – 1944
- Manic Street Preachers – If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next
- Becky Hill – You Got The Love (Candi Staton and The Source cover)
- The Kingdom Choir – Stand By Me
- Ed Sheeran – Perfect
- Ed Sheeran – Bad Habits
- Camila Cabello – Fix You (Coldplay cover)
- Camila Cabello & Ed Sheeran – Bam Bam
- Nicola Benedetti and the violin ensemble – Verbovaya Doshchechka
- Gregory Porter and The Kingdom Choir – Revival
- Paloma Faith – Only Love Can Hurt Like This
- Nile Rodgers & Chic – Everybody Dance
- Nile Rodgers & Chic – We Are Family (Sister Sledge cover)
It was hosted by Spice Girl Emma Bunton, Marvin Humes and Roman Kemp, and broadcast on ITV, STV, ITV Hub and STV Player, with even all proceeds from the ads going towards the total.
The show combined musical performances with short films recognising the ongoing relief efforts and the difficulties faced by those affected by the conflict.
Viewers were able to donate money to the cause throughout the evening, and all sponsorship and advertising revenue generated goes to the Disasters Emergency Committee.
You can donate online at dec.org.uk, or via the phone on 0370 60 60 900. To donate £10 text ‘CRISIS’ to 70150. Texts cost £10 plus the standard network charge, and the whole £10 goes to the DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.
I am proud to have worked for many years in Birmingham, latterly as Editor of the Birmingham Mail and Sunday Mercury newspapers, and I know how much Brummies help those in need.
The city has a proud record of staging charity gigs including Prince’s Trust concerts and the Heartbeat show, which raised cash for the city’s Childrens Hospital and featured ELO, The Moody Blues, Robert Plant and a host of other Midland acts.
The 1986 gig was crowned by a surprise appeareance by Beatle George Harrison, a good friend of ELO leader Jeff Lynne.