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29 March 2022, 22:31 | Updated: 30 March 2022, 11:41
The stars came together for a special evening dedicated to raising money for DEC's humanitarian appeal in Ukraine. Find out who performed and how you can still donate.
The special fundraiser Concert For Ukraine took place this evening (29th March), featuring performances by Manic Street Preachers, Snow Patrol, Nile Rodgers & Chic, Tom Odell and many more.
The two-hour fundraiser event - which also featured Ed Sheeran, Camila Cabello, Anne Marie, Emeli Sandé, Gregory Porter and Becky Hill - was screened live by ITV and STV, with a special programme broadcast across the Heart and Capital networks.
Capital Breakfast host Roman Kemp, Capital FM’s Marvin Humes and Heart’s Emma Bunton hosted the show, which took place at the Resorts World Arena, Birmingham.
The unique show intended to spread a message of hope and support, and most importantly, added an incredible £12.2 million to the ongoing DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.
What a specular opening to The Concert For Ukraine! A beautiful rendition of ‘Run’ by Snow Patrol. Watch now on ITV Hub #ConcertForUkrainePosted by ITV on Tuesday, March 29, 2022
The show opened with Snow Patrol performing a moving rendition of their classic single Run, while Tom Odell performed the unofficial anthem of Ukraine, Another Love.
Odell said of the event: “I guess I’ve been asked because I feel like I have a particular connection to it. When they asked me, I just got back from Bucharest and played a concert in the station where the refugees where arriving. Another Love is nearly 10 years old now and after a while, when you put songs out, you lose sort of ownership of them in a nice way. They become owned by everyone and people have different meanings for them..."
He added: “I really love that country so it was particularly shocking to see some of those first bombs fall and to remember the people that I’ve met there. I just really, really feel for those people who have been caught up in it”.
Tom Odell performing live at The Concert for Ukraine. To donate, check the link here 👉 https://radio-x.co/3Nv5orX #ConcertForUkrainePosted by Radio X on Tuesday, March 29, 2022
Manic Street Preachers performed their Number 1 hit If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next, a song that tells the story of Welsh citizens fighting in the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s.
Manic Street Preachers Superb Performance of 'If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next' | ITV
Ukranian singer Jamala performed her Eurovision winning song 1944, which tells the story of her her great-grandmother, who had to leave the country during the Second World War.
Nile Rodgers & Chic closed the show with a message of positivity - a medley of the disco hits Everybody Dance and We Are Family, the Sister Sledge classic.
Speaking ahead of the show, music legend Rodgers said: “It’s funny, tonight when I decided to play, I chose two songs that I wrote 45 years ago and those two songs are totally relevant today.
“I’m gonna do Everybody Dance, which I wanna to try and get the crowd hugging and loving each other and then I’m gonna do We Are Family, because that’s what I believe that we are all family in this world.”
Asked why he thinks music has the ability to bring people together, he said: “You know, when music is playing, it somehow just makes you magically forget your problems.
“Even the lyrics to Everybody Dance, it says: ‘Music never let’s you down/Puts a smile on your face/Anytime any place/Dancing helps relieve the pain/Soothes your mind/Makes you happy again…
“You know, it works like that. It takes you to place magically and instantly.”
Nile Rodgers on why he's performing at the Concert For Ukraine
All sponsorship and advertising revenue generated from the broadcast of the event will be donated by ITV to the DEC appeal. You can still donate to the appeal - here's how.
The DEC brings together 15 leading UK aid charities at times of crisis overseas to raise funds quickly and efficiently. Thirteen of the DEC’s 15 members are either responding or planning to respond in Ukraine or in neighbouring countries and will receive funds from this appeal.
Some may work through trusted local partners. They are Action Against Hunger, ActionAid UK, Age International, British Red Cross, CAFOD, CARE International UK, Christian Aid, Concern Worldwide UK, International Rescue Committee UK, Oxfam GB, Plan International UK, Save the Children UK and World Vision UK.