Howard Marks to perform at London’s Forum with Rhys Ifans and Super Furry Animals

Notorious drug-smuggler and author recently revealed he had inoperable cancer

Howard Marks has announced a one-off event at the Kentish Town Forum, London, in February after revealing that he was diagnosed with an inoperable form of bowel cancer.

The show features a performance from the notorious former drug smuggler and author, as well as from friends such as actor Rhys Ifans – who played Marks in the film adaptation of his biography Mr Nice – and members of Super Furry Animals, including Cian Ciaran, Bunf and Daf’s latest project The Earth. There will also be DJ sets from Greg Wilson and Norman Jay.

Tickets to the event, which takes place on Friday, February 27, cost £25. Proceeds go towards helping Marks and his dependents through his cancer treatment, setting up a charitable Mr Nice Foundation and completing the definitive documentary about Marks.

Speaking about his cancer diagnosis, Marks, 69, told The Observer: “I’ve come to terms with it in my own way – which for me was about learning how to cry. It’s impossible to regret any part of my life when I feel happy and I am happy now, so I don’t have any regrets and have not had any for a very long time.”

Marks, a long-time campaigner for the legalisation of cannabis, has received messages of support from public figures such as artist Tracey Emin, the journalist Peter Hitchens, Sir Richard Branson, broadcaster Zoe Ball and her DJ husband Norman Cook. Hitchens praised Marks as a “principled defender of free speech” and Cook and Ball described him has “a ray of sunshine in our lives”.