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Help For Heroes Concert: Robbie Williams + James Blunt + Alexandra Burke + Alesha Dixon + Enrique Iglesias + Katherine Jenkins + Tom Jones + Pixie Lott + Plan B + The Saturdays + The Wanted + John Bishop + Kevin Bridges + Jack Dee + Rhod Gilbert + Peter Kay + Jason Manford + Michael McIntyre + Bruce Forsyth
In honour of the service and sacrifice made by men and women for their country, risking everything in the line of duty, some of the biggest names in entertainment are proudly coming together in aid of Britain's war wounded.
Help for Heroes has united the nation behind the Armed Forces. The charity does not question the rights and wrongs of recent wars, just strives towards providing the best possible care and support for those wounded in the service of our country. This is not only a fundraising concert, but a statement of appreciation from the UK's entertainment community to our brave young service men and women. All proceeds go straight to Help for Heroes.
Please note that the artists appearing may be subject to change.
Since embarking on a solo career, Robbie has notched up a steady stream of hit singles and albums, and has collected numerous awards for his performances. Sing when he's winning? He's hardly stopped!
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Former British Army reconnaissance officer, Blunt took a dramatic career turn to become of the UK's most successful singer-songwriters of recent years. He is now also widely loved for his clever and witty tweets! His debut album, Back To Bedlam, sold over 11 million copies and hit single, You're Beautiful, was number one in multiple countries whilst winning an Ivor Novello for airplay and receiving three Grammy nominations. Blunt went on to achieve another multi-million selling album, All The Lost Souls, and continued his success story with Some Kind Of Trouble and Moon Landing.
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Alexandra Burke grew up in North London and is the daughter of former Soul II Soul lead singer Melissa Bell. Influenced by classic soul singers and contemporary heroes such as Mariah Carey and Beyonce, the three-time BRIT nominee rose to fame after winning the fifth series of The X Factor in 2008.
Her debut number one single Hallelujah sold over one million copies in the UK, a first for a British female soloist. Burke’s first album, Overcome saw the release of her subsequent number one singles Bad Boys and Start Without You. In 2011 she embarked on her first solo tour and was invited by Beyoncé to support her I Am... Tour. Her second album, Heartbreak on Hold, was released in June 2012 and 2014 sees the release of her third studio album.
Alexandra has also received acclaim for her portrayal of Rachel Marron in the sell-out run of Thea Sharrock’s hit musical The Bodyguard at the Adelphi Theatre in London’s West End.
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Formerly a singer with r'n'b girlband Mis-teeq, Alesha went on to win the BBC programme Strictly Come Dancing in 2007 and go on to be a judge for Britain's Got Talent. She now has a successful solo career.
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No longer just Julio's son, Enrique is a successful worldwide recording artist in his own right. He's the biggest-selling artist singing in his native tongue ever, Enrique's English language version of 'Hero' gave him a number one across the globe and his smooth pop balladry and handsome features have earned him a host of fans.
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Brought up in Neath, South Wales, by the time Katherine was seven her interest in pop music had been superseded by classical music. She started taking piano lessons and joined her local church choir. The record-breaking multi-platinum selling mezzo-soprano is best known from her unique interpretations of popular songs, operatic arias and hymns. Katherine is also known for her long standing work with the British Forces Foundation, for which she is a trustee, that has led to her being referred to as the Forces Sweetheart.
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Tom's long career all began with his first hit 'It's Not Unusual' in 1965. Now Tom has found a new audience, thanks in part to his coaching on ITV's 'The Voice', and also in reaching fans of traditional R'n'B and gospel material with the trio of critically acclaimed albums he's released since 2010.
Although he is best known for hits including 'It’s Not Unusual', 'Kiss', 'Delilah', 'What’s New Pussycat' and 'Green Green Grass Of Home', he is first and foremost an artist with a true rhythm and blues soul, as recent albums 'Praise & Blame', 'Spirit In The Room' and 'Long Lost Suitcase' have demonstrated, full of simple, raw and soulful songs.
Knighted by Her Majesty the Queen in 2006, Sir Tom is indeed a living legend. His irresistible show traverses musical eras and genres, cuts across class divides and appeals to young and old, male and female, mainstream and cutting edge. Tom has always been about the power of the song, the power of the voice.
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Soulful R&B influenced pop princess, Pixie Lott, began her music career at the tender age of fifteen when she caught the ear of producer L.A Reid who signed her to Island Def Jam Records. This provoked an industry bidding war and Pixie then moved to Mercury in the UK, partnering with Interscope in the USA. She catapulted to worldwide fame with her debut album 'Turn It Up' which reached Platinum status spending 50 weeks in the Top 40 and producing Five consecutive Top 20 singles, including three UK No.1 singles with 'Mama Do', 'Boys and Girls' and 'All About Tonight'. Pixie has sold over 4 million singles and 1.6 million albums worldwide.
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A truly defiant figure in the world of music, Plan B’s diverse creativity is inexhaustible. His raw, incendiary debut album, Who Needs Actions When You Got Words broke new ground for UK hip hop in 2006, a loud, proud, obscenity-riddled scream of anger and pride from the streets of East London.
But a part of Ben always stayed faithful to the soul he’d first heard as a child, and his sophomore album The Defamation Of Strickland Banks saw him marry the two together with astounding success, achieving quadruple-platinum status, hitting the #1 album spot and selling over 1.4 million copies in the UK alone, plus seeing him win both a BRIT and three Ivor Novello’s.
His 2012 directorial debut (and accompanying album) iLL Manors saw him smashing boundaries with his creative style of overlapping stories and interweaving rap-narrative, boldly addressing socio-political issues with his often brutal cultural commentary, seeing Ben nominated for his fifth BRIT Award, being nominated for his first Mercury Music prize, and once again hitting #1 in the UK album chart.
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The Saturdays first toured in 2008, supporting Girls Aloud. They have since had multiple Top 10 hit singles and have set the pop world alight with their high energy performances.
The girls have gone on to sell over five million records, and with four top ten albums already under their belts, The Saturdays continue to be a whirlwind force in the world of pop which shows no sign of slowing.
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One of 2010's biggest breakthroughs, the edgy-pop boy band based in London have already built up a huge fanbase. Their 2011 BRIT nominated debut single 'All Time Low' reached number one in the charts followed by their second song, 'Heart Vacancy', hitting number two. In March 2011, Jay, Max, Nathan, Siva and Tom released the official Comic Relief single for Red Nose Day, 'Gold Forever', which became their third top five single.
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John Bishop has had an incredible career. Within three years of his first ever comedy gig, he was playing to sold out arena audiences across the country and also released the fastest selling stand-up DVD in UK history.
A strong stage presence and life experience make him a comedian who is not afraid to take chances, and this is reflected in his status as one of the best comics in the country.
What the critics say:
"Home is not only where Bishop’s heart clearly and endearingly is – it’s where his art is, too" Daily Telegraph
"His Supersonic show easily confirms that John Bishop has finally taken on the mantle of Britain’s top comic" Daily Mirror
John Bishop was named in Ents24's top 5 biggest selling comedians of 2016.
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Kevin Bridges, Glasgow's 'young comedy prodigy' (The Guardian) reveals his innermost thoughts on a variety of topics, from his home-land Scotland and beyond.
His unique brand of social commentary, astute observations and sharp one-liners have proved a hit with audiences, leading to an extraordinary few years for Kevin. Scotland’s biggest export has been dubbed as 'brilliant' by one of his comedy idols, Billy Connolly, and has had an astonishing rise to success. Selling out over 100 tour dates on his first ever UK solo tour in 2010, his 2012 tour, Kevin Bridges – The Story Continues… smashed box office records selling a staggering 45,000 tickets on the first day. He went on to sell out an incredible nine-show run at the Glasgow SECC Arena.
His epic 136-date tour culminated in a sell out run throughout Australia. The DVD of the same name made it to number 5 in the charts for Christmas that year.
'Truthful, natural and hilarious' (Sunday Herald)
'Britain’s best stand up' (The Sun)
'It's his eye for details that has elevated him to a MUST-SEE act' (The Daily Mirror)..
Kevin Bridges tour dates
Although he's a man of few smiles, Jack Dee's deadpan, dry humour has made him one of Britain's favourite veteran comedians. Starting his career as a stand-up comic, he first came to the small screen in the 1990s as the face of the John Smith's Bitter advertising campaign and soon became known as 'The Midget with the Widget'. By 1995, he had appeared in countless TV shows and gained an impressive array of awards. In 2001, he was the highlight of Celebrity Big Brother digging secret escape tunnels while the others were in the bath. Much to his surprise, the nation showed their adoration voting him the winner of the series. With often sell-out gigs, a chance to see this talented misery onstage definitely shouldn't be missed.
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First-class comedian with a string of accolades. He was a finalist in the Channel 4 'So You Think You're Funny' Competition 2002. He then graduated to being the winner of the Gift Of The Gag 2003 and BBC Comedy Awards 2003 competitions. In recent times he's been seen on TV's 'Mock The Week'. A surefire star of the future.
'Without doubt one of the best comedians anywhere in the world' (Time Out).
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Arguably Britain's most popular comedian of recent years, Bolton-born Peter Kay is equally well known for both his hilarious stand-up routine, with classic jokes and misheard song lyrics, and his sitcoms and comedy dramas.
From the spoof Channel 4 docu-drama series 'Phoenix Nights' to his award-winning BBC1 'Car Share' sitcom, to feeling like a woman as Irish singer Geraldine McQueen, Kay's constant ideas and talents have never waned. His success story continues, while sales of garlic bread might have dropped!
Peter Kay's Dance for Life was named in Ents24's top 10 biggest selling comedy of 2016.
Peter Kay tour dates
Renowned for his hilarious observations and loveable, friendly delivery, Jason has been a firm favourite with comedy fans of all ages since his first solo stand-up show earned him huge critical acclaim and a nomination for the prestigious Perrier Newcomer Award back in 2005.
‘8 out of 10 Cats’ (Channel 4), ‘The Nightly Show’ (ITV1), ‘Sunday Night at the Palladium’ (ITV1), ‘Live at the Apollo’ (BBC One), ‘Have I Got News For You’, (BBC One), QI (BBC Two) and ‘The Royal Variety Performance’ (ITV1) have all helped establish Jason as a nationally known comic.
'Effortlessly entertaining' (Evening Standard)
'He's blessed with the sort of laid-back charm and sharp turn of phrase you can't manufacture' (The Daily Telegraph)
'Manford retains an affably jovial demeanour that makes him warmly enjoyable company' (Chortle)
'What Manford does best: classic, chirpy-chappie stand-up' (The Guardian).
Jason Manford tour dates
Smart-suited comedian from North London who has appeared on Mock The Week, Have I Got News For You and 8 Out Of 10 Cats to name but a few.
The past few years have been exceptional for Michael, performing sold-out shows in arenas all over the world. His 2012 tour, Showtime, was the biggest selling comedy tour in the world that year, playing to over 640,000 people including a
record-breaking ten night residency at London’s O2 Arena, matching the pop-superstar Rihanna’s 2011 record.
Michael has also released three best-selling DVDs: 2008’s Live and Laughing, was the biggest selling UK debut stand-up DVD of its time, Hello Wembley, which in 2009 became the fastest-selling UK stand-up DVD of all time - a record it still holds, and 2012’s Showtime, which beat its competitors to the Christmas Number One spot.
'One of the most gifted performers to emerge in years' (The Evening Standard)
'The man is quite simply top-to-toe hilarious' (The Daily Telegraph).
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