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Gary Barlow presents BBC Children in Need Rocks 2013: The Lumineers + Tom Odell + Ellie Goulding + Rizzle Kicks + Bastille + Passenger
BBC Children in Need has revealed that Gary Barlow will once again be bringing some of the biggest names from the music industry together in two concerts which will help to change the lives of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.
Chris Evans and Fearne Cotton will host both nights, which will be combined into one TV programme for broadcast on BBC One and BBC One HD during the Appeal week.
Gary Barlow says: “I’m very excited that these incredible artists are giving their time for a special Charity that is close to my heart. This year, BBC Children in Need Rocks is going to be bigger and better than ever, doing not one, but two concerts. There are still some great acts we're keeping up our sleeve to announce in the coming weeks and there will be a couple of surprise moments on stage as well. And who knows, I might even get up on stage too.”
BBC Children in Need Chief Executive David Ramsden says: “Gary has created two amazing evenings that will help to change thousands of young lives across the UK.
Please visit bbc.co.uk/pudsey for full details and ways to get involved in this year’s Appeal.
Further information on BBC Children in Need can be found at:
This event takes place at Eventim Apollo, which has achieved Bronze Status for disabled access from Attitude Is Everything.
Denver-based folk trio - essential listening for Americana and Folk lovers. The Lumineers sound is an amalgam of heart-swelling stomp-and-clap acoustic rock, classic pop, and front-porch folk. The roots revival of the last few years has primed listeners for a new generation of rustic, heart-on-the-sleeve music - the kind that nods to tradition while setting off into uncharted territory. The Lumineers walk that line with an unerring gift for timeless melodies and soul-stirring lyrics.
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Winner of the 2013 Brits Critics's Choice award, London born Tom started out as a classically trained pianist, before turning his hand to more contemporary material. Growing up, he found himself influenced by classic piano singer-songwriters Elton John and Billy Joel, along with the blues, folk and rock sounds of Tom Waits, Dylan and Springsteen. The end result is a powerful and emotional pianist and performer, following in the footsteps of Ed Harcourt with subtle hints of Jeff Buckley.
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As her debut album, Lights, made so thrillingly clear, Ellie Goulding uses her voice as a texture in much the same way that a skilled instrumentalist would. It is a sound – in Ellie's case, an utterly distinctive and unforgettable one – that can play as important a role in her songs as any other musical detail.
The BRIT-winning singer/songwriter released Lights in 2010 and followed it up with Halcyon in 2012. Both albums peaked at number one in the UK album chart and went double-platinum. Halcyon was re-released with ten additional tracks as Halcyon Days in 2013. These included How Long Will I Love You?, which became the BBC Children in Need single, and her first number one single, Burn, which has since racked up nearly 160 million views on YouTube.
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Harley Alexander-Sule and Jordan Stephens are two of the most exciting young talents to emerge in recent years, serving up a tasty mix of pop and hip hop incorporating the fun elements of the old school hip-hop era circa 1988-92. With over 1 million singles sold, plus platinum and gold albums, the guys continue to get their kicks.
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Virgin/EMI signings Bastille deliver bewitching electro-pop. Fronted by Dan Smith, the band got their name due to the fact Dan's birthday falls on Bastille Day. He also wanted something neutral yet evocative enough to describe his rhythmically and melodically inventive pop music. Since their inception in 2010, the band steadily built up an ever-growing audience, resulting in their debut album 'Bad Blood' reaching the no.1 position in the UK album charts. It went on to be the biggest selling debut album of 2013 and one of the top 10 biggest selling albums of that year. Their second album Wild Worlds followed in 2016.
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The brainchild of Brighton born singer/songwriter Mike Rosenberg. Formerly a five-piece band, Passenger has now pared back to basics, quite literally bringing music to the streets on a series of lengthy busking journeys across Australia, America and the United Kingdom. A classic journeyman musician, cut from the same mould as Van Morrison, Neil Young and John Prine, Passenger has the unique ability to move from the humorous to heartbreaking with every song.
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