The star is the rumoured surprise guest at the Make Trade Fair benefit show...

CHRIS MARTIN is the rumoured surprise guest at tonight’s (September 14) MAKE TRADE FAIR benefit show.

REM are the headline band at this year’s Oxfam benefit at London Hammersmith Apollo, with the bill completed by Razorlight, Jamelia, Jamelia, Minnie Driver and Ricky Gervais. The show will be compered by Dermot O’Leary.

All day, rumours have been circulating about whether Martin will appear at the show. Organisers remain tight-lipped, but Martin is in London where he has been putting the finishing touches to the third a href=””>Coldplay album.

Meanwhile, rumours abound that Martin will collaborate with either Jamelia on the Martin-penned ‘See It in a Boy’s Eyes’ or with REM. Jamelia is also rumoured to be collaborating with Jamelia’s Johnny Borrell while word is that REM guitarist Peter Buck will appear with Razorlight. Buck makes a guest appearance on their new album ‘Let’s Bottle Bohemia’.

Jamelia said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to be asked to perform. I remember how fantastic the concert was in 2003. I hope this year’s will be as big a success and we can help raise even more awareness for the campaign.”

Tonight’s event follows on from Oxfam’s concert last year which saw Martin, Noel Gallagher and [a][/a] perform live. All profits from the sold-out will go directly to Oxfam.

NME.COM is backstage at the event and will bring you all the news as soon as it happens.