Take That to headline War Child BRIT Awards Show at O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

Band follow in the footsteps of Coldplay, Muse and Ed Sheeran

Take That will headline this year’s War Child BRIT Awards Show at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London.

The band will headline the intimate venue in west London on February 23, in the same week they also perform live at this year’s BRIT Awards. Tickets for the charity concert go on sale at 9am on Friday (January 23) priced £75.

The annual gig, which has previously been headlined by Coldplay, Muse, Ed Sheeran, Blur, The Killers, Calvin Harris and Mark Ronson, will raise funds for children effected by violence in war zones including Iraq, Syria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Afghanistan, Uganda and Central African Republic.

Ben Knowles, Director of Music at War Child, said: “The War Child and O2 BRIT Awards Show has seen some unforgettable performances over the last six years, including Gary Barlow joining Coldplay, The Killers and Bono for a legendary encore in 2009. War Child are delighted to welcome back Gary together with Mark and Howard to London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire and to announce Take That as our headliners for 2015. It’s going to be an incredible night for 2,000 lucky fans and an important one for the thousands of children it will help War Child save from the horrors of war.”

Meanwhile, Elbow>, The Vaccines and You Me At Six recently joined Duran Duran, Bastille and Ride’s Mark Gardener and Andy Bell on the line-up for War Child and O2’s Passport Back To The Bars series.

The week of one-off events offers exclusive access to big name acts in intimate venues around London and Manchester in February. Venues will be around 100-300 capacity, and tickets will be available by lottery from the War Child website or by texting the bands’ keyword to 88450. Each entry costs £4.50 and gives a chance of winning a pair of tickets to the chosen show.