By Fraser Ward
Paul Weller will be joined by Tim Minchin, Graham Coxon and Jo Brand for Stand Up and Rock: a mixture of music and comedy in aid of homelessness charity Crisis on Tuesday 20 December at the Hammersmith Apollo, London.
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The event will be hosted by Ross Noble and Weller will be playing a full live set showcasing some of his most iconic songs from over the years, right up to his acclaimed Wake Up the Nation album.
Stand Up and Rock comes as Crisis at Christmas marks its 40th anniversary and since 1972 the charity has provided vital services for homeless and vulnerably housed people.
Paul Weller, who played a gig for Crisis in 2008, said: “It’ll be good to get on stage for Crisis again. In hard times like these more and more people need their help so I’m happy to support Stand Up and Rock as Crisis at Christmas turns 40.”
Joining the musicians and comedians on stage will be The Choir With No Name, made up of homeless people and others including clients of the chairty.
The acclaimed choir last performed for the charity alongside Coldplay in 2010.
Leslie Morphy, Chief Executive of Crisis, said: “We’re really excited to have such an incredible array of stars signed up for Stand Up and Rock for our 40th anniversary.
“Crisis at Christmas has provided vital services for homeless and vulnerably housed people for 40 years. Whilst we should celebrate the lives helped and changed, it is a scandal that homelessness still exists and that we are still needed at all.”
Jo Brand said: “Having volunteered for Crisis myself I know first hand the wonderful work this charity does. All the money raised by the gig will go towards Crisis’ life-changing projects at Christmas and year round so I’m proud to be a part of Stand Up and Rock.”
Crisis will be asking gig-goers to sign up to a new campaign, No one turned away, calling for the Government to strengthen the law so no one is forced to sleep rough.