Eric Clapton, Badly Drawn Boy, Embrace, the Manic Street Preachers and Jools Holland are among the acts confirmed to perform at a tsunami relief concert to be held Jan. 22 at the Millennium Stadium in
Eric Clapton, Badly Drawn Boy, Embrace, the Manic Street Preachers and Jools Holland are among the acts confirmed to perform at a tsunami relief concert to be held Jan. 22 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.
All proceeds raised from the concert will benefit victims of the Dec. 26 tsunami in Southern Asia. Organizers are hoping to raise more than £1 million ($1.87 million) from the event.
Stadium manager Paul Sergeant says 45,000 tickets, or about two-thirds of the venue's seating capacity, had sold by yesterday evening (Jan. 9). Some 30,000 tickets shifted within the first three hours of going on sale the previous morning. "It's an incredible achievement," he comments.
More acts will be confirmed in the coming days.
Separately, the British Phonographic Industry has pledged at least £500,000 ($935,000) of the proceeds from the forthcoming Brit Awards to benefit children affected by the tsunami.
A share of funds raised from the Feb. 9 gala, dubbed Brits 25, will be donated to a two-year project overseen by charity Save the Children.
All the proceeds of the awards traditionally go to the Brit Trust charity. "Our work with the Brit School and Nordoff Robbins will continue, but it is very appropriate that the first £500,000 ($935,000) from this year's Brit Awards will take education and music to those countries hit hardest," comments John Craig, chairman of the Brit Trust.
To date, the Brit Awards have raised £6.5 million ($12 million) for the Brit Trust.